What Happened in April 1849

Historical Events

1stHistoric Invention

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

Inventor Walter Hunt
Walter Hunt
  • Apr 14 Hungary declares itself independent of Austria with Louis Kossuth as its leader
  • Apr 16 Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "Le proph├Ęte" 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 (d. 1923)
  • Apr 21 Oskar Hertwig, German embryologist, discovered fertilization
  • Apr 24 Joseph S Gallieni, general (Battle of Marne)/milt governor (Paris)
  • Apr 25 Felix Klein, German mathematician (Evanston Colloquium)

Famous Deaths

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