What Happened in April 1868

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Hampton Institute opens
  • Apr 3 A Hawaiian surfs on highest wave ever - a 50-foot tidal wave
  • Apr 7 Thomas D'Arcy McGee, one of the Canadian Fathers of Confederation is assassinated by the Irish, in one of the few Canadian political assassinations, and only federal politician
  • Apr 10 1st performance of John Brahms' "A German Requiem"
  • Apr 10 British defeat King of Abyssinia at Magdala
  • Apr 11 The Shogunate is abolished in Japan
  • Apr 13 Abyssinian War ends as British and Indian troops capture Magdala and Ethiopian Emperor commits suicide
  • Apr 14 SC voters approved constitution, 70,758 to 27,228
  • Apr 16 Louisiana voters approve new constitution
  • Apr 18 San Francisco Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals formed

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Edmond Rostand, French poet/playwright (Cyrano de Bergerac)
  • Apr 2 Eduard Jacobs, Dutch cabaret artist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1914)
  • Apr 5 Flooi Du Toit, South African cricketer (one Test South Africa 1892), born in Jacobsdal, Orange Free State (d. 1909)

Person of interestGeorge Arliss

Apr 10 George Arliss, British actor (Devil, Green Goddess), born in London, England (d. 1946)

  • Apr 12 Akiyama Saneyuki, Japanese officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy, born in Matsuyama, Iyo Province, Japan (d. 1918)
  • Apr 13 John Blackwood McEwen, composer
  • Apr 14 Peter Behrens, German architect (d. 1940)
  • Apr 16 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist and composer (d. 1917)
  • Apr 17 Karel Rudolph Gallas, Dutch lexicographer (French Dictionary), born in Amsterdam (d. 1956)
  • Apr 18 Didericus G van Epen, genealogist (Dutch Patriciate)
  • Apr 19 Max Von Schillings, German composer/conductor (Der Pfeifertag)
  • Apr 21 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Common lot), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • Apr 22 Jose Vianna da Motta, composer
  • Apr 22 Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria (d. 1924)
  • Apr 25 John Bevins Moisant, American pioneer aviator, first to cross English Channel with passenger and a cat, killed in New Orleans whose present day airport was originally name for him, born in Kankakee, Illinois (d. 1910)
  • Apr 26 Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere, English newspaper (Daily Mail and Daily Mirror), born in London, England (d. 1940)
  • Apr 28 Georgy Voronoy, Russian mathematician (Voronoi diagram), born in Zhuravki, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1908)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 6 Brigham Young marries his 27th & final wife

Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church Brigham Young
Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church
Brigham Young

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Franz Adolf Berwald, Swedish composer, dies at 71
  • Apr 7 D'Arcy McGee, Canadian journalist and Father of Confederation (b. 1825)
  • Apr 13 Tewodros II / Theodorus II, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1818) commits suicide
  • Apr 21 Henry James O'Farrell, Australian would-be assassin of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh