On This Day

What Happened in April 1855

Historical Events

  • Apr 21 1st train crosses Mississippi River's 1st bridge, from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa

Music History

Apr 26 Composer Gioachino Rossini leaves Italy

  • Apr 28 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 9 Gyula Reviczky, Hungarian author and poet, born in Kuzmice, Topoľčany District, Slovakia (d. 1889)
  • Apr 18 Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Jan Steen), born in Amsterdam (d. 1946)
  • Apr 18 Josef Gruber, Austrian organist and composer, born in Wösendorf in the Wachau (d. 1933)
  • Apr 29 Anatoly Liadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1914)
  • Apr 29 Edmund van der Straeten, German composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1934)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 13 Henry De la Beche, English geologist, dies at 59
  • Apr 18 Jean-Baptiste Isabey, French painter, dies at 88
  • Apr 24 Walenty Karol Kratzer, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 30 Henry Bishop, British composer and conductor, dies at 68