What Happened in April 1817

Historical Events

  • Apr 15 1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford, Connecticut)
  • Apr 15 The American Asylum [now American School for the Deaf (ASD)], 1st permanent US school for deaf founded by Rev. Thomas Gallaudet, Dr. Mason Cogswell, and teacher Laurent Clercn (West Hartford, Connecticut,)
  • Apr 22 Curacao prohibits use of white paint due to fierce sunlight

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Johannes J van Oosterzee, Dutch theologist
  • Apr 2 Teodulo Mabellini, Italian composer, born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 1897)
  • Apr 4 John Wilson Sprague, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in White Creek, New York (d. 1893)
  • Apr 13 Alphonse Wauters, Belgian historian and archivist (Brussels), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1898)
  • Apr 18 George Henry Lewes, English philosophical writer (Life of Goethe), born in London (d. 1878)
  • Apr 19 John Philip "Spanish John", Scottish painter, born in Aberdeen (d. 1865)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Johann Heinrich Jung, German author (Heinrich Stillings Leben), dies at 76
  • Apr 4 André Masséna, Duke of Rivoli, Prince d'Essing and Marshal of France (b. 1758)
  • Apr 6 Bonaventura Furlanetto, Italian composer, dies at 78

Charles MessierCharles Messier (1730-1817)

Apr 12 French astronomer (cataloguer of "M objects"), dies at 86