On This Day

What Happened in April 1812

Historical Events

  • Apr 5 British storm Badajoz fortress in Extremadura, Spain, held by French & Spanish
  • Apr 30 (Eastern) Louisiana admitted as 18th US state

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 3 Louisa Maria, Queen of Belgium (1832-50), Wife of Leopold I), born in Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (d. 1850)
  • Apr 6 Aaron Bernstein, writer
  • Apr 6 Gavril Yakimovich Lomakin, composer
  • Apr 6 Alexander Herzen, Russian writer (d. 1870)
  • Apr 9 Randolph Barnes Marcy, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Greenwich, Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • Apr 15 Théodore Rousseau, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1867)
  • Apr 22 Solomon Caesar Malan, British orientalist, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1894)
  • Apr 23 Louis-Antoine Jullien, French conductor, born in Sisteron, France (d. 1860)
  • Apr 26 Alfred Krupp, German arms merchant, born in Essen, Germany (d. 1887)
  • Apr 27 Friedrich von Flotow, German composer, born in Teutendorf, Germany (d. 1883)
  • Apr 27 William W. Snow, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1851-53), born in Heath, Massachusetts (d. 1886)
  • Apr 28 Daniel Henry Rucker, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Belleville, New Jersey (d. 1910)
  • Apr 30 Kaspar Hauser, German son of grand duke Karel van Bathe (who claimed to have grown up in the total isolation of a darkened cell) (d. 1833)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Louise of Orléans, Daughter of King Louis XV and Queen of Belgium, dies at 38
  • Apr 11 Gottlieb Schick, German painter (Opfer Noachs), dies at 35

Person of interestGeorge Clinton

Apr 20 George Clinton, American soldier and 4th Vice President (1805-12), dies at 73 and 1st Vice President to die in office

US Vice President George Clinton
US Vice President
George Clinton
  • Apr 23 Franz Sebastian Haindl, composer, dies at 85