On This Day

What Happened in April 1814

Historical Events


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Apr 4 Napoleon abdicates for the first time in favour of his son

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Apr 5 Netherlands Bank issues its 1st banknotes
  • Apr 9 Elias Canneman (L) resigns as minister of Finance of the Netherlands
  • Apr 11 Napoleon Bonaparte abdicates unconditionally and he is exiled to the island of Elba in the Mediterranean

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Apr 26 King Louis XVIII lands at Calais from England

King of France Louis XVIII
King of France
Louis XVIII

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Henry L. Benning, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Columbia County, Georgia (d. 1875)
  • Apr 2 Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American inventor of weaving machine, born in West Boylston, Massachusetts (d. 1879)
  • Apr 3 Lorenzo Snow, 5th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Mantua, Ohio (d. 1901)
  • Apr 4 John Blair Smith Todd, American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1872)
  • Apr 15 John Lothrop Motley, American historian and author (The Rise of the Dutch Republic), born in Dorchester, Boston (d. 1877)
  • Apr 19 Louis Amédée Achard, French novelist (The Cloak and Dagger), born in Marseille, France (d. 1875)
  • Apr 21 Béni Egressy, Hungarian composer, born in Kazincbarcika, Hungary (d. 1851)
  • Apr 21 Angela Burdett-Coutts, English philanthropist extrordinaire and "the richest heiress in England", born in London (d. 1906)
  • Apr 24 Vicente Fidel López, Argentine historian (La Novia del Hereje), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1903)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Jozef de Ferraris, French-Austrian general and cartographer, dies at 87
  • Apr 12 Charles Burney, English music historian, dies at 88