On This Day

What Happened in April 1788

Historical Events

  • Apr 7 1st settlement in Ohio, at Marietta
  • Apr 15 Britain, Netherlands & Prussia sign peace treaty

USAConstitution of the United States

Apr 28 Maryland becomes 7th state to ratify US constitution
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Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States
Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Francisco Balagtas, Filipino poet (Florante at Laura), born in Barrio Panginay, Balagtas, Bulacan (d. 1862)
  • Apr 5 Franz Pforr, German painter and cartoonist (Lukasbund), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1812)
  • Apr 12 Johan Erik Nordblom, Swedish composer, born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1848)
  • Apr 14 David G. Burnet, interim president of the Republic of Texas, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1870)
  • Apr 17 Joseph Gilbert Totten, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1864)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 12 Carl Joseph Toeschi, German composer, dies at 56
  • Apr 12 Charles-Antoine Campion, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 15 Giuseppe Bonno, Austrian composer, dies at 77
  • Apr 16 George-Louis Leclerc, count de Buffon, French naturalist and writer on natural history (Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière), dies at 80
  • Apr 22 Zacharias H Alewijn, Dutch poet, dies at 46