On This Day

What Happened in April 1809

Historical Events

  • Apr 18 First run of 2,000 guineas horse race at Newmarket, England

Victory in Battle

Apr 20 Napoleon I and French forces defeat Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Willem Ruys J Dz, Dutch ship owner
  • Apr 4 Benjamin Pierce, American mathematician and astronomer (Peirce's criterion for outliers), born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1880)
  • Apr 14 George Willem Vreede, Dutch lawyer and politician, born in Tilburg, Netherlands (d. 1880)
  • Apr 15 Hermann Grassmann, German linguist and mathematician, born in Stettin, Province of Pomerania, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1877)
  • Apr 17 Philip St. George Cocke, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Bremo Bluff, Virginia (d. 1861)
  • Apr 20 John S. Preston, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Abingdon, Virginia (d. 1881)
  • Apr 21 Robert M. T. Hunter, American lawyer and politician (2nd Confederate States Secretary of State), born in Loretto, Virginia (d. 1887)
  • Apr 23 Eugene-Prosper Prevost, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1872)