On This Day

What Happened in April 1849

Historical Events

Historic Invention

Apr 10 Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (NYC); sold rights for $400

  • Apr 14 Hungary declares itself independent of Austria with Louis Kossuth as its leader
  • Apr 16 Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "Le prophète" premieres in Paris

Historic Event

Apr 23 Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky and members of the Petrashevsky Circle are arrested in St. Petersburg

  • Apr 25 The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal's English population and triggering the Montreal Riots.

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 6 John William Waterhouse, British painter, born in Rome, Roman Republic (now Italy) (d. 1917)
  • Apr 13 Enrique José Varona, Cuban author, born in Puerto Principe, Cuba (d. 1933)
  • Apr 17 William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Ravenna, Ohio (d. 1923)
  • Apr 21 Oskar Hertwig, German embryologist (discovered fertilization), born in Friedberg, Germany (d. 1922)
  • Apr 24 Joseph Gallieni, French general (Battle of Marne) and military governor of Paris, born in Saint-Béat, France (d. 1916)
  • Apr 25 Felix Klein, German mathematician (Evanston Colloquium), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1925)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Juliusz Slowacki, Polish poet (Father of the Plague-Patient), dies at 39