What Happened in April 1849

Historical Events


InventionHistoric Invention

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

Inventor Walter Hunt
Inventor
Walter Hunt
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 (d. 1917)
  • Apr 13 Enrique Jose Varona, Cuban sociologist/psychologist
  • 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
  • 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