On This Day

What Happened in April 1777

Historical Events

  • Apr 20 New York adopts new constitution as an independent state
  • Apr 26 Sybil Ludington aged 16, rides 40 miles in New York to warn her father's militia of the approach of the British

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestHenry Clay

Apr 12 Henry Clay, American politician known as "the Great Compromiser", born in Hanover County, Virginia (d. 1852)

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • Apr 18 Ignac Ruzitska, Austrian composer, born in Bazin, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1833)

Person of interestCarl Friedrich Gauss

Apr 30 Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician considered one of the greatest of all time (Gaussian distribution, fundamental theorem of algebra), born in Brunswick, Germany (d. 1855)

Mathematician, Astronomer and Physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss
Mathematician, Astronomer and Physicist
Carl Friedrich Gauss