On This Day

What Happened in April 1772

Historical Events

Historic Event

Apr 6 Catherine the Great Empress of Russia, ends tax on men with beards, enacted by Tsar Peter the Great in 1698

Historic Event

Apr 9 Philosopher and mathematician Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert becomes permanent secretary of the French Academy of Sciences

  • Apr 30 John Clais patents 1st scale

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Ignaz Franz von Mosel, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1844)
  • Apr 4 Nachman of Breslov, Ukrainian founder of Breslov Hasidut, born in Międzybóż, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1810)
  • Apr 7 F M Charles Fourier, French socialist
  • Apr 11 Manuel Jose Quintana, Spanish author and poet (El Duque de Viseo), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1857)
  • Apr 15 Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, French naturalist, born in Étampes, France (d. 1844)
  • Apr 19 David Ricardo, English economist (On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation), born in London (d. 1823)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 19 Johann Peter Kellner, German organist and composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 28 Johann Friedrich Struensee, German physician of Christian VII of Denmark, dies at 34