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

Historic Event

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

  • 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, born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico (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, born in Bramham cum Oglethorpe, Wetherby, Yorkshire (d. 1900)
  • Apr 15 Julius Tausch, German composer, born in Dessau (d. 1895)
  • 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 (Chladni's law - estimating the speed of sound), instrument inventor (euphon; clavicylinder), and musician, dies at 70
  • Apr 13 Hugh Clapperton, Scottish explorer of Africa, dies at Sokoto, at 38
  • Apr 22 Thomas Rowlandson, English artist & caricaturist, dies at 70
  • Apr 23 Johanna Cornelia Wattier-Ziesenis, Dutch actress (Phaedra, Lady Macbeth), dies at 65
  • Apr 24 Pierre-Joseph Candeille, French composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 26 Bernardo Ottani, Italian composer, dies at 90