What Happened in April 1816

Historical Events

  • Apr 9 African Methodist Episcopal Church organizes (Philadelphia)
  • Apr 10 2nd Bank of US chartered

Historic Publication

Apr 10 Samuel Taylor Coleridge recites his poem "Kubla Khan" to fellow poet Lord Byron, who persuades him to publish it


Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 5 Samuel Freeman Miller, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, born in Richmond, Kentucky (d. 1890)
  • Apr 8 Frederic William Burton, Irish painter, born in Wicklow, Ireland (d. 1900)
  • Apr 13 William Sterndale Bennett, English composer, born in Sheffield, Yorkshire (d. 1875)
  • Apr 16 Edward Johnson, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Midlothian, Virginia (d. 1873)
  • Apr 17 Thomas Hazlehurst, English Methodist chapel builder, born in Runcorn, Cheshire, England (d. 1876)

Charlotte Brontë

Apr 21 Charlotte Brontë, English novelist (Jane Eyre), born in Thornton, West Yorkshire, England (d. 1855)

  • Apr 21 Louis Wigfall, American politician (Confederate States Senator from Texas 1862-85), born in Edgefield, South Carolina (d. 1874)
  • Apr 22 Charles-Denis Bourbaki, French general, born in Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France (d. 1897)
  • Apr 22 Philip James Bailey, English poet (Festus), born in Nottingham, England (d. 1902)

Famous Divorces

Lord Byron

Apr 16 Leading Romantic poet Lord Byron signs Deed of Separation dissolving his marriage with Lady Byron at her request after 1 year of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 7 Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, Empress of Austria and queen of Hungary and Bohemia, dies at 28
  • Apr 28 Johann Heinrich Abicht, German philosopher, dies at 53