On This Day

What Happened in April 1731

Historical Events

  • Apr 9 British mariner Robert Jenkins' ear cut off by Spanish Guarde Costa in the Caribbean, later catalyst for war between Britain & Spain

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 4 Francesc Morera i Cots, Valencian composer, born in Sant Mateu (d. 1793)
  • Apr 23 William Williams, American merchant (signed US Declaration of Independence), born in Lebanon, Connecticut (d. 1811)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 10 Maximilian Dietrich Freisslich, composer, dies at 58

Person of interestDaniel Defoe

Apr 24 Daniel Defoe, English novelist (Robinson Crusoe), dies at about 70

Novelist Daniel Defoe
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Daniel Defoe