What Happened in April 1840

Historical Events

  • Apr 13 William Henry Lane ("Juda") perfects tap dance
  • Apr 27 Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster, London, laid by wife of Sir Charles Barry

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Émile Zola, French novelist and critic (J'accuse), born in Paris, France (d. 1902)
  • Apr 11 John Conrad Nordqvist, Swedish composer, born in Vänersborg, Älvsborg County, Sweden (d. 1920)
  • Apr 12 Edmond Audran, French composer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1901)
  • Apr 19 Andrea Bezzola, writer
  • Apr 20 Odilon Redon [Bertrand-Jean Redon], French symbolist painter, born in Bordeaux (d. 1916)
  • Apr 21 Franz Xaver Haberl, German priest/musicologist (Magister choralis)
  • Apr 25 James Dearing, U.S. Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Campbell County, Virginia (d. 1865)
  • Apr 27 Edward Whymper, English mountaineer, 1st to climb Matterhorn (1865), born in London (d. 1911)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 19 Jean-Jacques Lartigue, Roman catholic bishop of Montreal (b. 1777)
  • Apr 25 Siméon-Denis Poisson, French mathematician (Poisson distribution) and physicist, dies at 58