On This Day

What Happened in April 1755

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 Commodore William James captures the pirate fortress of Suvarnadurg on west coast of India

Historic Publication

Apr 15 Samuel Johnson's "A Dictionary of the English Language" published in London

  • Apr 26 1st Russian university opens in Moscow

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French lawyer (Fisiologia del Gusto)
  • Apr 4 Vincenc Mašek, Bohemian composer, born in Zvíkovec, Czech Republic (d. 1831)
  • Apr 10 Samuel Hahnemann, German physician, originator of homeopathy, born in Meissen, Dresden (d. 1843)
  • Apr 11 James Parkinson, English physician (First description of Parkinson's disease) and political activist, born in Shoreditch, London (d. 1824)
  • Apr 16 Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1842)
  • Apr 27 Marc-Antoine Parseval, French mathematician (Parseval's theorem), born in Rosières-aux-Salines, France (d. 1836)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 6 Richard Rawlinson, English minister and antiquarian (b. 1690)