On This Day

What Happened in April 1804

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 Forty merchantmen are wrecked when a convoy led by HMS Apollo runs aground off Portugal.
  • Apr 5 High Possil Meteorite: The first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil

Music History

Apr 22 Gioachino Rossini (12) performs in Imola

  • Apr 28 31 British ships sail up Suriname river demanding transition colony from the Dutch
  • Apr 30 The New Hague Theater opens in The Hague, the Netherlands

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 4 Joseph Fischhof, Czech-Austrian pianist and composer, born in Bučovice, Moravia (d. 1857)
  • Apr 23 Guillaume Nerenburger, Belgian general (Triangulatie of Belgium), born in Amsterdam (d. 1869)
  • Apr 24 Thomas Oliver Selfridge, American Navy Officer (d. 1902)
  • Apr 26 Charles Goodyear, American politician (D-NY), born in Cobleskill, New York (d. 1876)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Jędrzej Kitowicz, Polish priest (b. 1727/1728)

Jacques Necker

Apr 9 Jacques Necker, French finance minister of Louis XVI whose decisions contributed to the outbreak of the French Revolution, dies at 71

  • Apr 15 Charles Pichegru, French army general and royalist who plotted to overthrow Napoleon, strangles himself in prison at 43
  • Apr 28 Hans Gram, Danish composer, dies at 49