What Happened in April 1827

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 US inventor Joseph Dixon of Salem, Massachusetts, begins manufacturing lead pencils
  • Apr 7 English chemist John Walker invents wooden matches

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 10 George Canning becomes British Prime Minister upon the resignation of Robert Jenkinson, lives to serve only 119 days

British Prime Minister George Canning
British Prime Minister
George Canning
British Prime Minister Robert Jenkinson
British Prime Minister
Robert Jenkinson
  • Apr 23 Irish mathematician and astronomer William Rowan Hamilton presents his Theory of Systems of Rays

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 William Holman Hunt, English painter (Light of the World), born in Cheapside, London (d. 1910)
  • Apr 5 Joseph Lister, British surgeon (pioneer of antiseptic surgery), born in Upton House, West Ham, England (d. 1912)
  • Apr 8 Ramón Emeterio Betances, Puerto Rican politician, medical doctor and diplomat (d. 1898)
  • Apr 10 Lewis "Lew" Wallace, American author (Ben-Hur) and Major General (Union Army), born in Brookville, Indiana (d. 1905)
  • Apr 12 Edward Mollenhauer, American composer, born in Erfurt, Prussia (d. 1914)
  • Apr 14 Augustus Pitt Rivers, English archaeologist (d. 1900)
  • Apr 15 Julius Tausch, composer
  • Apr 16 Octave Crémazie, French Canadian poet, born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 1879)
  • Apr 17 Frans Baeckelmans, Flemish architect (St Amanduskerk, Antwerp), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1896)
  • Apr 20 John Gibbon, American Major General (Union Army), born in Holmesburg, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1896)
  • Apr 22 William Hopkins Morris, American author, editor, inventor, and Major General (Union Army), born in (d. 1900)
  • Apr 23 Johann Friedrich von Schulte, German Catholic lawyer, born in Winterberg, Germany (d. 1914)
  • Apr 26 Charles Edward Hovey, American lobbyist and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Thetford, Vermont (d. 1897)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Ludwig Heinrich Bojanus, German physician and naturalist (b. 1776)
  • Apr 3 Ernst Chladni, German physicist (b. 1756)
  • Apr 22 Thomas Rowlandson, caricaturist, dies
  • Apr 23 Johanna C Wattier-Ziesenis, Dutch actress (Phaedra, Lady Macbeth), dies at 65
  • Apr 24 Pierre Joseph Candielle, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 26 Bernardo Ottani, Italian composer, dies at 90