What Happened in April 1805

Historical Events

Historic Expedition

Apr 7 Lewis and Clark Expedition leaves Fort Mandan (on the Missouri River near what is now Washburn, North Dakota), beginning their journey to the Pacific Ocean

Music Premiere

Apr 7 Premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Eroica", in Vienna, conducted by the composer

  • Apr 27 US Marines attack shores of Tripoli

Famous Birthdays

Hans Christian Andersen

Apr 2 Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author of 150 fairy tales (The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen), born in Odense, Denmark (d. 1875)

  • Apr 7 Francis Wilkinson Pickens, (Gov-SC, Confederacy), (d. 1869)
  • Apr 30 William Kerley Strong, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1867)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 6 Lorenz Justinian Ott, German composer, dies at 56
  • Apr 26 Jean-Baptiste-Gaspard d'Ansse de Villoison, French classical scholar (Anecdota Graeca), dies at 55