What Happened in April 1850

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 San Francisco County government established
  • Apr 4 City of Los Angeles incorporated
  • Apr 15 City of San Francisco incorporated
  • Apr 25 Paul Julius Reuter sets up carrier-pigeon service, using 40 pigeons to carry stock market prices between Aachen and Brussels

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 8 William H. Welch, American pathologist who founded John Hopkins Hospital, born in Norfolk, Connecticut (d. 1934)
  • Apr 9 Hermann Zumpe, German composer, born in Oppach, Germany (d. 1903)
  • Apr 13 Arthur Matthew Weld Downing, British astronomer (d. 1917)
  • Apr 15 John Munroe Longyear, American capitalist/bank president
  • Apr 16 Herbert Baxter Adams, American historian (American Historical Association), born in Shutesbury, Massachusetts (d. 1901)
  • Apr 19 Edward John Gregory, painter/engraver
  • Apr 19 Theo Mann-Bouwmeester, Dutch actress (Pink Bernd, Hedda Gabler), born in Zutphen, Gelderland, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • Apr 20 Daniel Chester French, American sculptor (Minute Man), born in Exeter, New Hampshire (d. 1931)
  • Apr 27 Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German Colonel General, born in Greifswald, Prussia (d. 1921)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, Czech composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 7 William Lisle Bowles, English poet (14 Sonnets), dies at 87
  • Apr 9 William Prout, physician/chemist, dies
  • Apr 12 Adoniram Judson, American Baptist missionary (b. 1788)

Person of interestMadame Tussaud

Apr 16 Marie Tussaud, French founder of Madame Tussaud's wax museum, dies at 88

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud

Person of interestWilliam Wordsworth

Apr 23 William Wordsworth, English Romantic poet (The Prelude), dies at 80

  • Apr 24 Louis Alexandre Piccinni, composer, dies at 70