On This Day

What Happened in April 1852

Historical Events

  • Apr 19 California Historical Society forms

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Apr 29 1st edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus published

Lexicographer and Inventor Peter Mark Roget
Lexicographer and Inventor
Peter Mark Roget
  • Apr 30 Anton Rubinstein's opera "Dmitri Donskoi" premieres in St Petersburg

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Edward Austin Abbey, American painter (Quest of the Holy Grail)
  • Apr 12 Ferdinand von Lindemann, German mathematician (Proving π is a transcendental number), born in Hannover, German Confederation (d. 1939)
  • Apr 13 Frank W. Woolworth, American businessman, founder of F. W. Woolworth Co, born in Rodman, New York (d. 1919)
  • Apr 14 Henrique Oswald, Brazilian composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1931)
  • Apr 17 Cap Anson, American baseball player, born in Marshalltown, Iowa (d. 1922)
  • Apr 18 George Clausen, English painter, born in London (d. 1944)
  • Apr 22 Guillaume IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1905-12), born in Biebrich Palace, Wiesbaden, Duchy of Nassau (d. 1912)
  • Apr 23 Edwin Markham, American poet (1st winner of American Acad of Poets Award 1937), born in Oregon City, Oregon (d. 1940)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Theodor Althaus, writer, dies
  • Apr 9 John Howard Payne, American actor, playwright (Fair Warning), author and creator of the hit song "Home! Sweet Home!", dies at 60
  • Apr 19 Vasili A Zjukovski, Russian folk poet/translator (Homerus), dies at 69
  • Apr 21 Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (b. 1787)
  • Apr 24 Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet (b. 1783)