On This Day

What Happened in April 1782

Historical Events

  • Apr 6 Rama I succeeds King Taksin of Siam (modern day Thailand), who is overthrown in a coup d'├ętat

Battle of the Saintes

Apr 12 Battle at Les Saintes: British fleet under Admiral George Rodney defeats the French fleet under Comte de Grasse off Dominica in the West Indies. Prevents a planned French and Spanish invasion of Jamaica.

Historic Event

Apr 19 John Adams secures Dutch Republic's recognition of the United States as an independent government and house he purchased in The Hague, Netherlands became first American embassy.

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 14 Carlo Coccia, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1873)
  • Apr 26 Maria Amalia of Bourbon-Sicily, French queen as wife of Louis Phillip of Austria, born in Caserta Palace, Naples (d. 1866)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 6 Rynoldus Popma van Oevering, composer, dies at 90
  • Apr 7 Taksin, King of Siam (1767-82), dies at 47
  • Apr 12 Metastasio, Italian poet and librettist (b. 1698)
  • Apr 22 Josef Ferdinand Norbert Seger, Czech composer, dies at 66

Anne Bonny

Apr 22 Anne Bonny, Irish pirate, dies in prison at 85

  • Apr 27 William Talbot, 1st Earl Talbot, British politician, dies at 72