On This Day

What Happened in April 1798

Historical Events

  • Apr 7 Mississippi Territory organized
  • Apr 23 Dutch emperor accepts new Constitution
  • Apr 30 US Department of the Navy forms

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 August Heinrich Hoffmann, German writer, born in Fallersleben, Electorate of Brunswick -Lüneburg (d. 1874)

Person of interestCharles Wilkes

Apr 3 Charles Wilkes, American Antarctic explorer and naval officer (Union Navy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1877)

Naval Officer and Explorer Charles Wilkes
Naval Officer and Explorer
Charles Wilkes
  • Apr 8 Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem, born in Zakynthos Island, Greece (d. 1857)
  • Apr 9 Giuditta Pasta, Italian soprano, born in Saronno, Italy (d. 1865)
  • Apr 11 Macedonio Melloni, Italian physicist (radiant light), born in Parma, Italy (d. 1854)
  • Apr 17 Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician, born in Lons-le-Saunier, France (d. 1840)
  • Apr 19 Franz Joseph Glæser, Czech-Danish composer, born in Horní Jiřetín, Bohemia (d. 1861)
  • Apr 19 Heinrich Maria von Hess, German historical painter, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1863)
  • Apr 26 Eugène Delacroix, French painter and etcher (Journal), born in Charenton-Saint-Maurice, Île-de-France, France (d. 1863)
  • Apr 26 James Beckwourth, American fur trader and explorer, born in Frederick County, Virginia (d. 1867)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 11 Karl Wilhelm Ramler, German poet (b. 1725)
  • Apr 29 Nikolaus Poda von Neuhaus, Austrian entomologist, dies at 74