What Happened in April 1770

Historical Events

  • Apr 12 British parliament repeals the Townshend Revenue Acts, which had fueled opposition to British rule in colonial America
  • Apr 19 Amsterdam buys Van Aerssens family 1/3 part of Suriname

Historic Discovery

Apr 19 British explorer Captain James Cook first sights Australia. Writes in his log book that “what we have as yet seen of this land appears rather low, and not very hilly, the face of the Country green and Woody, but the Sea shore is all a white Sand.”

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 3 Theodoros Kolokotronis, Greek general and leader of the Greek War of Independence (1821-29), born in Ramοvouni, Messenia, Ottoman Empire (d. 1843)

William Wordsworth

Apr 7 William Wordsworth, English poet laureate (The Prelude), born in Cockermouth, Cumberland (d. 1850)

  • Apr 9 Thomas Johann Seebeck, German physicist (Seebeck effect), born in Tallinn, Estonia, Russian Empire (d. 1831)

George Canning

Apr 11 George Canning, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1827) and Foreign Secretary, born in London, England (d. 1827)

  • Apr 19 Georg Abraham Schneider, German horn player and composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1839)
  • Apr 25 Georg Sverdrup, Norwegian statesman, born in Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway (d. 1850)
  • Apr 28 Nikita P. Panin, Russian diplomat and minister of Foreign affairs, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d. 1837)
  • Apr 30 David Thompson, English-Canadian explorer (Columbia River), born in Westminster, England (d. 1857)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 19 Esprit Antoine Blanchard, French composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 25 Jean-Antoine Nollet, French clergyman and physicist (discovery of osmosis), dies at 69
  • Apr 28 Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo, French dancer, dies at 60