On This Day

What Happened in April 1779

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 11 Louise Reichardt, German composer, born in Berlin, Prussia (d. 1826)
  • Apr 21 William Knyvett, British singer and composer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1856)

Famous Weddings

Benedict Arnold

Apr 8 US Defector General Benedict Arnold (38) weds Peggy Shippen (18) at Shippen's townhouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 6 Tommaso MFS Traetta, Italian opera composer (Farnace), dies at 52
  • Apr 24 Eleazar Wheelock, American founder of Dartmouth College, dies at 68