What Happened in April 1769

Historical Events

Historic Event

Apr 13 British ship Endeavour captained by James Cook, arrives in Matavia Bay, Tahiti, with botanist Joseph Banks on board

  • Apr 22 Madame du Barry becomes French King Louis XV's "official" mistress

Historic Invention

Apr 29 Scottish engineer James Watt's patent for a steam engine with a separate condenser enrolled (Patent 913)


Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 3 Christian G√ľnther von Bernstorff, Danish-Prussian statesman and diplomat, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1835)
  • Apr 11 Johann Georg Lickl, Austrian organist, kapellmeister, and composer, born in Korneuburg, Lower Austria (d. 1843)
  • Apr 12 Giovanni Agostino Perotti, Italian composer, born in Vercelli, Italy (d. 1855)
  • Apr 13 Thomas Lawrence, English portrait painter, born in Bristol, England (d. 1830)
  • Apr 25 Marc Isambard Brunel, French-born English engineer (Thames Tunnel), born in Hacqueville, France (d. 1849)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Gerhard Tersteegen, German evangelist and poet (wrote in blood), dies at 71
  • Apr 20 Pontiac, Ottawa Indian leader, murdered by a Peoria warrior at 48 or 49