On This Day

What Happened in April 1729

Historical Events

Music Premiere

Apr 15 Johann Sebastian Bach's "St Matthew Passion" premieres in Leipzig

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 13 Thomas Percy, English literary and bishop of Dromore, born in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England (d. 1811)
  • Apr 18 GaĆ©tan Vestris, French ballet dancer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1808)

Catherine the Great

Apr 21 Catherine the Great [Catherine II], German-born Empress of Russia (1762-96) who expanded the Russian empire, born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1796)

  • Apr 22 Michael Hillegas, American merchant and first Treasurer of the United States (1775-89), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1804)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 11 Manuel de Egues, composer, dies at 71