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

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Scholar and Lexicographer Samuel Johnson
Scholar and Lexicographer
Samuel Johnson
  • 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)