On This Day

What Happened in April 1803

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 French law rules the use of intention

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 5 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 2nd Symphony in D, conducted by the composer, in Vienna

  • Apr 26 Meteorites fall in L'Aigle, France

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Apr 30 Chancellor Robert Livingston and James Monroe sign Louisiana Purchase Treaty in Paris at a cost of 15 million dollars, doubles the size of the USA

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Franz Paul Lachner, German composer, born in Rain, Swabia, Germany (d. 1890)
  • Apr 7 Flora Tristan, French writer and social activist, born in Paris (d. 1844)
  • Apr 7 James Curtiss, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1859)
  • Apr 14 Friedrich von Amerling, Austrian painter, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1887)
  • Apr 18 Charles Ferdinand Pahud, Governor General of the Dutch East Indies (1856-61), born in Amsterdam (d. 1873)
  • Apr 21 Levin Minn Powell, American Commander (Union Navy), born in Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia (d. 1885)
  • Apr 23 Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian minister of Justice, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1888)
  • Apr 27 Alfred Julius Becher, Austrian journalist and composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 1848)

Person of interestJames Brooke

Apr 29 James Brooke, British adventurer and 1st Rajah of Sarawak (1841-68), born in Bandel, near Calcutta, Bengal, British India (d. 1868)

1st White Rajah of Sarawak James Brooke
1st White Rajah of Sarawak
James Brooke
  • Apr 30 Albrecht von Roon, Prussian soldier and statesman (Minister of War), born in Pleushagen, Poland (d. 1879)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Hieronymus van Alphen, Dutch attorney/poet (church hymns), dies at 56

Person of interestToussaint Louverture

Apr 7 Toussaint Louverture, Haitian general, revolutionary and most famous of the leaders of the Haitian Revolution, dies while in prison in France at about 59

General and Revolutionary Toussaint Louverture
General and Revolutionary
Toussaint Louverture
  • Apr 15 Václav Norbert Brixi, Czech organist, composer and priest (aka s Jeroným) dies at 65
  • Apr 18 Louis François Antoine Arbogast, French mathematician (Du calcul des derivations), dies at 43