On This Day

What Happened in April 1813

Historical Events

  • Apr 27 Americans under General Pike capture Toronto; Pike is killed
  • Apr 29 Ist US Rubber patent granted to Jacob F. Hummel

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 14 Junius Spencer Morgan, American merchant and philanthropist (Metro Museum of Art), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (d. 1890)
  • Apr 17 Henry Washington Benham, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Cheshire, Connecticut (d. 1884)
  • Apr 18 James McCune Smith, African-American doctor and abolitionist, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1865)
  • Apr 23 Stephen A. Douglas, American politician, US senator from Illinois (Lincoln-Douglas debates), born in Brandon, Vermont (d. 1861)
  • Apr 23 Frédéric Ozanam, French scholar and founder of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1853)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 10 Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Italian mathematician and astronomer (number theory, celestial mechanics), dies at 77
  • Apr 14 Joachim Nicolas Eggert, Swedish violinist and composer, dies of tuberculosis at 34
  • Apr 19 Benjamin Rush, physician/abolotionist (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 67
  • Apr 27 Zebulon Pike, American brigadier general & explorer (Pike's Peak), dies in battle at 34
  • Apr 28 Mikhail Kutuzov, Russian field marshal (Battle of Borodino), dies at 67
  • Apr 29 Christian Danner, German violinist and composer, dies at 55