On This Day

What Happened in April 1826

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Samuel Morey is issued the first U.S. patent for an internal-combustion engine, which he calls a “Gas or Vapour Engine"
  • Apr 10 10,500 inhabitants of the Greek town Messolonghi start leaving the town after a year's siege by Turkish forces. Very few of them survive.
  • Apr 12 Weber's opera "Oberon" premieres in London
  • Apr 23 Missolonghi, Greece captured by Turks

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Philip Dale Roddey, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Moulton, Alabama (d. 1897)
  • Apr 4 Zénobe Gramme, Belgian electrical engineer (Gramme dynamo), born in Jehay-Bodegnée, Belgium (d. 1901)
  • Apr 6 Gustave Moreau, French painter
  • Apr 7 Johann Hermann Berens, composer
  • Apr 8 Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (Costa Rica's first woman in the military), born in Cartago, Costa Rica (d. 1890)
  • Apr 9 Thomas Hewson Neill, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1885)
  • Apr 20 Dinah Craik, English writer (John Halifax, Gentleman), born in Stoke-on-Trent (d. 1887)
  • Apr 26 George Hull Ward, American general and Union officer in the American Civil War, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1863)
  • Apr 26 Ambrose R. Wright, American Civil War General, born in Louisville, Georgia (d. 1872)
  • Apr 28 Alexander Stadtfeld, German composer, born in Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1853)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Reginald Heber, English bishop & hymn writer, dies at 42
  • Apr 13 Franz Danzi, German composer & cellist, dies at 62