On This Day

What Happened in April 1797

Historical Events

  • Apr 16 Spithead Mutiny begins: British Royal Navy sailors protest over living and working conditions and pay near Portsmouth
  • Apr 17 Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico, one of the largest invasions of Spanish territories in America
  • Apr 18 France & Austria sign ceasefire

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 10 Claude Ambroise Seurat, Frenchman exhibited in England as "Human Skeleton", born in Champaigne France (d. 1826)
  • Apr 14 Adolphe Thiers, 1st president of 3rd French Republic (1871-77), born in Bouc-Bel-Air, France (d. 1877)
  • Apr 17 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian-French composer and conductor, born in Hanzinne, Belgium (d. 1869)
  • Apr 30 Andreas Victor Michiels, Dutch military governor of West-Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, born in Maastricht, Netherlands (d. 1849)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Nonnosus Madlseder, German composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 12 Josef Antonin Stepan, Bohemian composer, dies at 71