On This Day

What Happened in April 1776

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Friedrich von Klinger's "Sturm und Drang" premieres in Leipzig

Historic Event

Apr 3 George Washington receives honorary Ll.D. degree from Harvard College

  • Apr 7 Captain John Barry and the USS Lexington captures the Edward
  • Apr 12 Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina
  • Apr 15 Duchess of Kingston found guilty of bigamy

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 8 Thaddäus Weigl, German-Austrian composer, publisher, and conductor, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1844)
  • Apr 25 Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh, born in Buckingham Palace, London (d. 1857)
  • Apr 26 Joan Melchior Kemper, Dutch lawyer (designed civil code law book), born in Amsterdam (d. 1824)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 19 Jacob Israel Emden [Jacob ben Tswi], German rabbi, dies at 78
  • Apr 22 Johann Adolph Scheibe, German music theorist & composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 24 Carolus van de Abeele, Flemish Jesuit, dies at 84
  • Apr 24 Giuseppe Paolucci, Italian composer, dies at 49
  • Apr 29 Edward Wortley Montagu, English traveler and writer (b. 1713)