On This Day

What Happened in April 1802

Historical Events

  • Apr 8 French Protestant church becomes state-supported & -controlled
  • Apr 10 Great Trigonometrical Survey begun to survey entire Indian subcontinent, led by William Lambton and the East India Company (completed 1871)

Historic Event

Apr 15 William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy see a "long belt" of daffodils, inspiring the former to pen "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud".


Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Hubert Reis, German composer and violinist, born in Bonn (d. 1886)

Dorothea Dix

Apr 4 Dorothea Dix, American pioneering nurse and social activist who created the first American mental asylums, born in Hampden, Maine (d. 1887)

  • Apr 12 Francis Libermann, French religious leader (Congregation of Heart), born in Saverne, France (d. 1852)
  • Apr 13 Leopold Fitzinger, Austrian zoologist, born in Vienna (d. 1884)
  • Apr 27 Louis Niedermeyer, composer, born in Nyon, Switzerland (d. 1861)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 18 Erasmus Darwin, English physician writer & botanist (grandfather of Charles Darwin), dies at 70