On This Day

What Happened in April 1766

Historical Events

  • Apr 8 1st fire escape patented, wicker basket on a pulley & chain

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 15 Friedrich Bouterwek, German philosopher and critic, born in Oker, Hanover, Germany (d. 1828)
  • Apr 22 Madame de Staël [Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein], French-Swiss author (De l’Allemagne), born in Paris (d. 1817)
  • Apr 24 Robert Bailey Thomas, American journalist and founder (The Farmer's Almanac), born in Grafton, Massachusetts (d. 1846)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 John Taylor, English classical scholar (b. 1704)
  • Apr 7 Tiberius Hemsterhuis, Dutch classicist, dies at 81