On This Day

What Happened in April 1795

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 7 France adopts the metre as the basic measure of length

Mathematician/Astronomer Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre
Mathematician/Astronomer
Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre
  • Apr 23 William Hastings acquitted in England of high treason

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 5 Henry Havelock, British soldier (War in Afghanistan 1838-39), born in Bishopwearmouth, County Durham (d. 1857)
  • Apr 19 Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg, German naturalist and zoologist (micro-organisms), born in Delitzsch, Germany (d. 1876)
  • Apr 21 Vincenzo Pallotti, Italian saint (founder of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate), born in Rome (d. 1850)
  • Apr 28 Charles Sturt, English explorer (Australia), born in Bengal, British India (d. 1869)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 12 Rainieri de Calzabigi, Italian librettist and poet, dies at 80
  • Apr 12 Johann Kaspar Basselet von La Rosée, Bavarian general, dies at 84
  • Apr 30 Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer and numismatist (b. 1716)