On This Day

What Happened in April 1846

Historical Events

  • Apr 25 Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican–American War

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 4 Comte de Lautréamont, French writer (Les Chants de Maldoror), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1870)
  • Apr 4 Raoul Pictet, Swiss physicist who invented liquid nitrogen and was a pioneer of cryogenics, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1929)
  • Apr 26 Giuseppe Arimondi, Italian general who fought in the Italo-Ethiopian War, born in Savigliano (d. 1896)
  • Apr 28 Johann Oskar Backlund, Swedish-Russian astronomer (planets/asteroids), born in Länghem, Sweden (d. 1916)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Solomon Sibley, American senator from Michigan Territory (b. 1769)
  • Apr 16 Domenico Dragonetti, Italian composer and double bass player, dies at 83