On This Day

What Happened in April 1870

Historical Events

  • Apr 4 Golden Gate Park forms by City Order #800
  • Apr 9 American Anti-Slavery Society dissolves
  • Apr 13 Metropolitan Museum of Art forms in NYC
  • Apr 15 Last day US silver coins allow to circulate in Canada
  • Apr 16 Vaudeville Theatre Strand opens in London

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 4 George Albert Smith, American religious leader, 8th President of Mormon church, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1951)
  • Apr 7 Gustav Landauer, German socialist
  • Apr 7 Joseph Ryeland, Belgian composer/Baron
  • Apr 14 Syd Gregory, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman in 58 Tests 1890-1912), born in Randwick, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1929)
  • Apr 14 Victor Borisov-Musatov, Russian painter, born in Saratov, Russia (d. 1905)
  • Apr 17 Ray Stannard Baker, American journalist (Puliter Prize 1940), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 1946)
  • Apr 20 Simeon Roncal, Bolivian composer, born in Sucre, Bolivia (d. 1953)
  • Apr 20 Maulvi Abdul Haq, Pakistani scholar, Father of Modern Urdu, born in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh (d. 1961)
  • Apr 21 Edwin S. Porter, American film pioneer and producer (Jack and the Beanstalk), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1941)

Person of interestVladimir Lenin

Apr 22 Vladimir Lenin [Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov], Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader, born in Simbirsk, Russia (d. 1924)

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • Apr 28 Hermann Suter, Swiss composer, born in Kaiserstuhl, Aargau, Switzerland (d. 1926)
  • Apr 30 Franz Lehár, Austrian-Hungarian composer (Naughty Marietta), born in Komárom, Austria-Hungary (d. 1948)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Patrick Gass, American soldier and sergeant of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, dies at 98
  • Apr 4 Heinrich Gustav Magnus, German chemist and physicist (b. 1802)
  • Apr 8 Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Belgian violinist/composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 15 Emma Willard, American women's rights activist & educator who founded the 1st school for women's higher education in the US, dies at 83
  • Apr 16 Anatoli O Demidov, Russian ruler of Donato/traveller, dies
  • Apr 17 Marie-Caroline of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Berry, Italian princess of the House of Bourbon, dies at 71
  • Apr 19 Andreas Schelfhout, painter/etcher/lithographer, dies at 83
  • Apr 19 Camille Marie Stamaty, composer, dies at 59
  • Apr 19 William Henry Havergal, composer, dies at 77