What Happened in April 1872

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 1st edition of The Standard
  • Apr 2 US engineer George Brayton patents an internal combustion engine (Brayton Cycle)
  • Apr 9 Samuel R Percy patents dried milk
  • Apr 10 1st National black convention meets in New Orleans
  • Apr 10 1st Arbor Day celebrated in Nebraska, later changed to Apr 22

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 12 Jesse James gang robs bank in Columbia, Kentucky (1 dead/$1,500)

Outlaw Jesse James
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Jesse James
  • Apr 14 Dominion Lands Act passed: Canada's Homestead Act
  • Apr 14 San Francisco organizes Bar Association
  • Apr 24 Volcano Mt Vesuvius erupts in Italy

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Tadeusz Joteyko, composer
  • Apr 4 Nikolai Amani, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1904)
  • Apr 4 Pauline de Haan-Manifarges, Dutch singer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • Apr 5 Samuel Cate Prescott, American food scientist and microbiologist, born in South Hampton, New Hampshire (d. 1962)
  • Apr 7 William Monroe Trotter, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, newspaper editor and African-American rights activist
  • Apr 9 Léon Blum, Prime Minister of France (People's Front Government), born in Paris (d. 1950)
  • Apr 13 Alexander Roda Roda, Austrian writer, born in Drnowitz, Moravia (d. 1945)
  • Apr 14 Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Indian-born Islamic scholar and translator (d. 1953)
  • Apr 18 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, Mauston, Wisconsin, USA, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi
  • Apr 21 GW Bitzer, [Johann Gottlob Wilhelm Bitzer], Roxbury MA
  • Apr 22 Princess Margaret of Prussia, queen of Finland (d. 1954)
  • Apr 23 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician, born in Harley Street, St Marylebone, London (d. 1951)
  • Apr 25 Charles Burgess Fry, English cricketer, born in Croydon, England (d. 1956)
  • Apr 26 William Desmond Taylor [Deane-Tanner], Irish director and actor (The Awakening, Broken Coin), born in County Carlow, Ireland (d. 1922)
  • Apr 29 Eyvind Alnaes, composer
  • Apr 29 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman (d. 1930)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Frederick Maurice, English theologian of the Church of England, dies at 66
  • Apr 1 William Frederick Horry, English convicted murderer (b. 1843)

Person of interestSamuel Morse

Apr 2 Samuel Morse developer of electric telegraph, dies at 80

Inventor Samuel Morse
Inventor
Samuel Morse
  • Apr 9 Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (Mayor of Albany, New York), dies at 77
  • Apr 12 Nikolaos Mantzaros, Greek composer (b. 1795)
  • Apr 20 Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja), dies at 62
  • Apr 27 Ion Heliade-Radulescu, Romanian politician/author, dies at 70