What Happened in April 1856

Historical Events

  • Apr 3 Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes badly damaged by gunpowder explosion, kills 4,000 on island of Rhodes
  • Apr 10 The Theta Chi Fraternity is founded at Norwich University, Vermont
  • Apr 11 Battle of Rivas; Costa Rica beats William Walker's invading Nicaraguans
  • Apr 18 Russian Chancellor Count Nesselrode resigns

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Acacio Gabriel Viegas, Indian physician (d. 1933)

Person of interestBooker T. Washington

Apr 5 Booker T. Washington, American education pioneer and 1st African American on a US stamp, born in Hale's Ford, Virginia (d. 1915)

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • Apr 11 Arthur Shrewsbury, English cricketer (dominant England bat late 19th cent), born in New Lenton, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1903)
  • Apr 11 Constantly Lievens, Flemish missionary in India, born in Moorslede, Belgium (d. 1893)
  • Apr 12 William Conway, 1st Baron Conway of Allington, English historian and explorer (Spitzbergen), born in Rochester, Kent (d. 1937)
  • Apr 22 [Marie] Louise Hens, Flemish actress (Two Orphans), born (d. 1939)

Person of interestPhilippe Pétain

Apr 24 Philippe Pétain, French marshal and Chief of the French State (1940-44), born in Cauchy-à-la-Tour, France (d. 1951)

French General Philippe Pétain
French General
Philippe Pétain
  • Apr 26 Sir Joseph Ward, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1930)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 11 Juan Santamaría, national hero of Costa Rica (b. 1831)