On This Day

What Happened in April 1791

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 3 Anne Lister, English diarist 'the 1st modern lesbian', born in Halifax, England (d. 1840)
  • Apr 9 George Peacock, English mathematician (algebraic theory), born in County Durham, England (d. 1858)
  • Apr 12 Francis Preston Blair, American journalist and newspaper editor (Washington Globe), born in Abingdon, Virginia (d. 1876)
  • Apr 13 Félix de Mérode, Earl of Merode, Belgian minister of War and Finance, born in Maastricht, Belgium (d. 1857)

James Buchanan

Apr 23 James Buchanan, 15th US President (1857-61), born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania (d. 1868)

  • Apr 23 Friedrich von Olivier, German landscape painter, born in Dessau, Germany (d. 1859)
  • Apr 24 Nikolaj Bestuzhev, Russian Navy officer, writer and painter (Decembrist revolt), born in Saint Petersburg (d. 1855)

Samuel Morse

Apr 27 Samuel Morse, American inventor (telegraph, Morse code) and painter, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1872)


Famous Deaths

Comte de Mirabeau

Apr 2 Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, Comte de Mirabeau, French revolutionary (influential member of the National Constituent Assembly), dies of natural causes at 42

  • Apr 19 Richard Price, nonconformist minister/writer (Alabi's World), dies