What Happened in April 1869

Historical Events

  • Apr 6 1st plastic, Celluloid, patented
  • Apr 8 American Museum of Natural History opens (NYC)
  • 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

1stHistoric 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 SF, wins by Californian
  • Apr 30 Hawaiian YMCA organized

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Peter A Egge, Norwegian writer (De Droom)
  • Apr 5 Albert Roussel, Tourcoing France, composer (Rapsodie Flamende)
  • Apr 5 Sergei Chaplygin, Russian physicist and engineer (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 (d. 1944)
  • Apr 11 Gustav Vigeland, Norwegian sculptor (d. 1943)
  • Apr 12 Henri-Desire Landru, French sex murderer
  • Apr 17 Johannes M Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher
  • Apr 25 Karl Prohaska, composer
  • Apr 27 William Victor Harris, composer
  • 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