On This Day

What Happened in April 1778

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock creates the "$" symbol

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 6 Joseph Funk, early American composer, born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • Apr 10 William Hazlitt, English essayist and critic, born in Kent, England (d. 1830)

Famous Weddings

Phillis Wheatley

Apr 1 Poet Phillis Wheatley (24) weds grocer and advocate for black rights John Peters

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 7 Johann Balthasar Kehl, composer, dies at 52
  • Apr 8 Pieter Teyler van der Hulst, Dutch founder (Teyler Museum), dies at 76
  • Apr 22 James Hargreaves, British inventor (spinning jenny), dies at 57