On This Day

What Happened in April 1774

Historical Events

  • Apr 17 First Unitarianism church service in England held by Theophilus Lindsey at the Essex Street Capel in London
  • 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 Václav Tomášek, Czech pianist, composer (Eclogues), and pedagogue, born in Skuteč, Bohemia (now Czech Republic) (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

John Jay

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

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