On This Day

What Happened in April 1764

Historical Events

  • Apr 3 Austrian Archduke Jozef crowned himself Holy Roman Emperor Josef II

Historic Event

Apr 5 British Parliament passes the Sugar Tax on the American colonies, introduced by Prime Minister George Grenville

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 3 John Abernethy, English surgeon, born in London, England (d. 1831)
  • Apr 12 Dirk van den Boetzelaer, Regent of Holland, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1819)
  • Apr 13 Laurent, 1st Marquis of Gouvion Saint-Cyr, French marshal, born in Toul, Three Bishoprics, France (d. 1830)
  • Apr 18 Bernhard Anselm Weber, German pianist, conductor and composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1821)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 15 Peder Horrebow, Danish astronomer who invented the Horrebow-Talcott Method, a method to determine a location's latitude from the stars, dies at 84
  • Apr 15 Madame de Pompadour, French mistress of King Louis XV of France, dies of tuberculosis at 42
  • Apr 17 Johann Mattheson, German composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 27 Jaime de Casellas, Spanish composer, dies at 73