On This Day

What Happened in April 1796

Historical Events

Historic Event

Apr 8 Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician, proves the quadratic reciprocity law (the ability to determine the solvability of any quadratic equation in modular arithmetic)

  • Apr 13 First elephant arrives in US from India

Victory in Battle

Apr 13 Battle of Millesimo, Italy: Napoleon's forces defeat allied armies of Austria and of the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont.

  • Apr 21 Napoleon and the French defeat the Piedmontese at Battle of Mondovi
  • Apr 28 Cease fire of Cherasco between Sardinia and Napoleon Bonaparte

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 10 James Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (Texas Revolution), born in Logan, Kentucky (d. 1836)
  • Apr 12 George N. Briggs, American lawyer and politician, 19th Governor of Massachusetts, born in Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1861)
  • Apr 24 Karl Leberecht Immermann, German writer, born in Magdeburg (d. 1840)
  • Apr 26 Auguste Mathieu Panseron, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1859)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 18 Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist, dies at 63