On This Day

What Happened in April 1785

Historical Events

Appointment of Interest

Apr 20 Thomas Warton appointed British Poet Laureate by King George III

Historic Event

Apr 21 Catherine II of Russia confers on the nobility the "Charter to the Nobility", increasing further the power of the landed oligarchs


Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 J H Ferdinand Olivier, German painter
  • Apr 4 Bettina von Arnim, German writer and composer of the Romantic era (This Book Belongs to the King), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1859)
  • Apr 9 Sibrandus Stratingh, Dutch physician and chemist (electric car), born in Adorp, Netherlands (d. 1841)
  • Apr 19 Alexandre Pierre François Boëly, French composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1858)

John James Audubon

Apr 26 John James Audubon, American ornithologist and painter (The Birds of America), born in Les Cayes, Haiti (d. 1851)


Famous Deaths

  • Apr 14 William Whitehead, English writer and poet, British Poet Laureate (1757-85), dies at about 70
  • Apr 26 Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff, German composer, dies at 40
  • Apr 30 Frederick Philipse III, American land owner (Bronx, Westch & Putnam), dies at 65