On This Day

What Happened in April 1772

Historical Events


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

Empress of Russia Catherine the Great
Empress of Russia
Catherine the Great
Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great

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

Enlightenment Philosopher Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert
Enlightenment Philosopher
Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert
  • 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