What Happened in April 1869

Historical Events

  • Apr 8 American Museum of Natural History opens in New York City
  • Apr 9 Hudson Bay Company cedes its territory to Canada
  • Apr 10 Congress increases number of Supreme Court judges from 7 to 9
  • Apr 10 José Martí founds the Cuban Revolutionary Party.
  • Apr 12 North Carolina legislature passes anti-Ku Klux Klan Law

InventionHistoric Invention

Apr 13 Steam power brake patented (George Westinghouse)

Entrepreneur and Engineer George Westinghouse
Entrepreneur and Engineer
George Westinghouse
  • Apr 16 Ebenezer Bassett, 1st US Negro diplomat, begins service in Haiti
  • Apr 17 1st pro baseball games-Cincinnati Reds 24, Cin amateurs 15
  • Apr 18 1st international cricket match, held in San Francisco, won by California
  • Apr 30 Hawaiian YMCA organized

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Peter A Egge, Norwegian writer (De Droom)
  • Apr 5 Albert Roussel, French composer (Rapsodie Flamende), born in Tourcoing, France (d. 1937)
  • Apr 5 Sergei Chaplygin, Russian physicist and engineer, born in Chaplygin, Lipetsk Oblast, Russia (d. 1942)
  • Apr 6 Louis Raemakers, Dutch draftsman/painter
  • Apr 7 David Grandison Fairchild, American botanist/explorer, brought plants to US
  • Apr 8 Harvey Cushing, American neurosurgeon (blood pressure studies)
  • Apr 11 Kasturba Gandhi, Wife of Mohandas Gandhi, born in Gujarat, India (d. 1944)
  • Apr 11 Gustav Vigeland, Norwegian sculptor, born in Mandal, Norway (d. 1943)
  • Apr 12 Henri Désiré Landru, French sex murderer, born in Paris (d. 1922)
  • Apr 17 Johannes Marinus Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • Apr 25 Karl Prohaska, Austrian composer, born in Mödling, Austria (d. 1927)
  • Apr 27 William Victor Harris, American composer, born in New York (d. 1943)
  • Apr 30 Hans Poelzig, German architect (d. 1936)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Anthony G O Ridder van Rappard, Min of Reformed Worship, dies at 69
  • Apr 20 Johann Carl Gottfried Loewe, composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 20 Piotr Studzinski, composer, dies at 42