On This Day

What Happened in April 1839

Historical Events

  • Apr 17 Guatemala forms republic
  • Apr 19 Treaty of London constitutes Belgium an independent kingdom & Luxembourg a Grand Duchy

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 5 Robert Smalls, African-American congressman (1875-87), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 1915)
  • Apr 5 Stanislaw Pilinski, French pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1905)
  • Apr 12 Victorin de Joncières, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1903)
  • Apr 18 Frantz Jehin-Prume, Canadian violinist and composer, born in Spa, Liège, Belgium (d. 1899)
  • Apr 18 Henry Clarence Kendall, Australian poet (Bell Birds), born in Yatte Yattah, New South Wales (d. 1882)
  • Apr 20 Carol I, King of Romania (1881-1914), born in Sigmaringen, Germany (d. 1914)
  • Apr 22 August W. Eichler, German botanist (developed a new system of classification of plants to reflect the concept of evolution), born in Neukirchen, Hesse (d. 1997)
  • Apr 26 Cyrus Hamblin, American attorney, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hampden, Maine (d. 1867)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Benjamin Pierce, American politician (b. 1757)
  • Apr 11 John Galt, Scottish novelist (Annals of the Parish), dies at 59
  • Apr 20 Giuseppe Rossini, father of Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini, dies
  • Apr 22 Denis Davydov, Russian general & poet, dies at 54
  • Apr 23 Jacques Félix Emmanuel Hamelin, French explorer, dies at 70