On This Day

What Happened in April 1759

Historical Events

  • Apr 8 British troops chase French out of Masulipatam, India
  • Apr 13 French beat European Allies in Battle of Bergen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 George Frideric Handel is buried in Westminster Abbey, London

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 18 Jacques Widerkehr, Alsatian composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1823)

Person of interestMary Wollstonecraft

Apr 27 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, English writer and feminist (A Vindication of the Rights of Woman), mother of Mary Shelley, born in London (d. 1797)

Author and Women's Rights Advocate Mary Wollstonecraft
Author and Women's Rights Advocate
Mary Wollstonecraft

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 8 Francois de La Croix, French composer, dies at 76

Person of interestGeorge Frideric Handel

Apr 14 George Frideric Handel, German-British baroque composer and organist (Messiah, Water Music), dies at 74