On This Day

What Happened in April 1821

Historical Events

  • Apr 10 Patriarch Gregory V of Constantinople is hanged by the Turks from the main gate of the Patriarchate, his body thrown into the Bosphorus

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 3 T. Pelham Dale, Anglican clergyman prosecuted for Ritualist practices in the 1870s, born in Greenwich (d. 1892)
  • Apr 4 Linus Yale Jr., American portrait painter and inventor (Yale cylinder lock), born in Salisbury, New York (d. 1868)
  • Apr 9 Charles-Pierre Baudelaire, French poet and translator (Les Fleurs du mal), born in Paris, France (d. 1867)
  • Apr 15 Joseph E. Brown, American attorney and politician (42nd Governor of Georgia), born in Pickens, South Carolina (d. 1894)
  • Apr 16 Ford Madox Brown, British painter, born in Calais, France (d. 1893)
  • Apr 19 Mortimer Dormer Leggett, American Major General (Union Army), born in Ithaca, New York (d. 1896)
  • Apr 23 Pierre Dupont, French songwriter, born in Lyon, France (d. 1870)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 9 Félix Máximo López, Spanish composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 20 Franz K Achard, German physicist and chemist, dies at 67
  • Apr 21 Thursday October Christian, son of Fletcher Christian (leader of the historical mutiny on the Bounty), dies at 40
  • Apr 22 John Crome, [Old Crome], English landscape painter & etcher, dies at 52