On This Day

What Happened in April 1805

Historical Events


Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 7 Premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Eroica" (conducted by himself)

DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

Apr 7 Lewis and Clark Expedition leaves Fort Maden beginning their journey to the Pacific Ocean

Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
William Clark
Interpreter and Guide Sacagawea
Interpreter and Guide
Sacagawea
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition Meriwether Lewis
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
Meriwether Lewis
  • Apr 27 US Marines attack shores of Tripoli

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestHans 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