On This Day

What Happened in April 1742

Historical Events

Music History

Apr 13 George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" performed for the 1st time at New Music Hall in Dublin

Historic Event

Apr 25 Elizabeth of Russia crowns herself Empress in the Dormition Cathedral in Moscow

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 24 Roman Hoffstetter, German classical composer, born in Weikersheim, Germany (d. 1815)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 James Douglas, Scottish physician and anatomist (b. 1675)
  • Apr 10 Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-L√ľneburg, Holy Roman Empire Empress, dies at 68
  • Apr 13 Giovanni Veneziano, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • Apr 17 Arvid Horn, Swedish statesman (b. 1664)
  • Apr 23 Mihael Omerza, Slovenian composer, dies at 62