What Happened in April 1815

Historical Events

  • Apr 5 Eruption of Tambora volcano (Sumbawa Java)
  • Apr 6 British militia shoots prisoners, 100's killed
  • Apr 10 Austria declares war on Kingdom of Naples
  • Apr 10 Mount Tambora in Indonesia experiences a cataclysmic eruption, one of the most powerful in history, killing around 71,000 people and causing a global volcanic winter

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 1 Otto von Bismarck, German chancellor (1866-90) who helped unify Germany, born in Schönhausen, Prussia (d. 1898)

German Statesman Otto von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto von Bismarck
  • Apr 6 Friedrich Robert Volkmann, composer
  • Apr 11 Klara Fey, German orchestra leader (Deutscher Arbeiterverein)
  • Apr 12 Henry Hugo Pierson, composer
  • Apr 24 Anthony Trollope, English novelist/poet (Barchester Towers)
  • Apr 24 James Edward Harrison, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1875)
  • Apr 28 Andrew Jackson Smith, American Major General (Union Army), born in Livingston County, Kentucky (d. 1897)
  • Apr 29 Abram Duryée, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1890)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 21 Joseph Winston, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina (b. 1746)