On This Day

What Happened in April 1774

Historical Events

  • Apr 19 CW Glucks opera "Iphigenia in Aulis" premieres in Paris
  • Apr 30 Pope Clement XIV proclaims a universal jubilee for the second time

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 17 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, Czech composer, born in Skuteč, Bohemia (d. 1850)
  • Apr 21 Jean-Baptiste Biot, French physicist (Biot-Savart law), born in Paris (d. 1862)
  • Apr 26 Christian Leopold von Buch, German geologist and paleontologist, born in Stolpe an der Oder, Margraviate of Brandenburg, Prussia (d. 1853)
  • Apr 28 Francis Baily, English astronomer and describer of "Baily's Beads" during solar eclipse, born in Newbury, Berkshire, England (d. 1844)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 28 Chief Justice John Jay (28) weds Sarah Van Brugh Livingston (17)

1st US Chief Justice John Jay
1st US Chief Justice
John Jay

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Oliver Goldsmith, Irish novelist and dramatist (She Stoops to Conquer), dies at 45
  • Apr 23 Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich, German painter, dies at 61