What Happened in April 1818

Historical Events

  • Apr 4 Congress decides on the US flag: 13 red & white stripes & 20 stars

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Apr 5 In the Battle of Maipú, Chile's independence movement - led by Bernardo O'Higgins and José de San Martín - win a decisive victory over Spain, leaving 2,000 Spaniards and 1,000 Chilean patriots dead.

Revolutionary Leader José de San Martín
Revolutionary Leader
José de San Martín

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Apr 7 General Andrew Jackson conquers St Marks, Florida from Seminole indians

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • Apr 14 US Medical Corps forms
  • Apr 16 Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot amendment (unarmed US-Canada border)
  • Apr 21 Franz Grillparzer's "Sappho" premieres in Vienna

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 28 US President James Monroe proclaims naval disarmament on Great Lakes and Lake Champlain

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 4 Thomas Mayne Reid, Irish-American novelist (d. 1883)
  • Apr 5 Lewis Baldwin Parsons, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Perry, New York (d. 1907)
  • Apr 6 Francis Henry Brown, composer
  • Apr 6 Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, Norwegian poet (d. 1870)
  • Apr 8 Christaan IX, king of Denmark (1863-1906)
  • Apr 14 Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, queen of Hanover (d. 1909)
  • Apr 20 Heinrich Göbel, German-born inventor (d. 1893)
  • Apr 22 Cadwallader Colden Washburn, American Major General (Union Army), born in Livermore, Maine (d. 1882)
  • Apr 23 James Anthony Froude, historian
  • Apr 23 John Gill Shorter, Gov (Confederacy), (d. 1872)
  • Apr 25 Marek Konrad Sokolowski, composer
  • Apr 29 Alexander II N Romanov, Tsar of Russia (1855-81)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 18 Pieter PJQ Ondaatje, Ceylon/Dutch lawyer, dies at 59