On This Day

What Happened in April 1844

Historical Events

  • Apr 12 Texan envoys sign Treaty of Annexation with the United States

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 16 Anatole France [Jacques Anatole Thibault], French writer (Thaïs, Wickerwork Woman, Nobel 1921), born in Paris (d. 1924)
  • Apr 19 Sir Alexander Ogston, British surgeon (discovered Staphylococcus), educator, and military doctor, born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1929)
  • Apr 21 Ted Barratt, English cricket spin bowler (10-43 in tour match vs Australia 1878), born in Stockton-on-Tees, England (d. 1891)
  • Apr 22 Lewis Powell, American Confederate soldier who was part of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln and who attempted to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward, born in Randolph, Alabama (d. 1865)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Charles Bulfinch, 1st US pro architect (Mass State House), dies at 80
  • Apr 6 Francis Johnson, American keyed Kent bugle virtuoso, violinist, bandleader, and composer, dies at 51 [1]
  • Apr 8 Ignaz Franz von Mosel, Austrian composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 22 Henri-Montan Berton, French composer, dies at 76