What Happened in April 1879

Historical Events

  • Apr 5 Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.
  • Apr 8 Khedive Ismael of Egypt fires French and British ministers
  • Apr 8 Milk sold in glass bottles for 1st time
  • Apr 18 Trial of Standing Bear-Crook on indians citizen rights begins
  • Apr 20 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London & Cyprus

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 4 Gabriel Groulez, French composer, born in Lille, France (d. 1944)
  • Apr 9 Gerald Kelly, British painter, born in London (d. 1972)
  • Apr 11 Leendert Round, Dutch sculptor (entrance Rotterdam Zoo)
  • Apr 12 Frederic G. Melcher, American publisher and editor who founded children's book week, born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1963)
  • Apr 13 Edward Bruce, Director art projects (d. 1943)
  • Apr 14 James Branch Cabell, American novelist/essayist (Restless Heads)
  • Apr 15 Melville Henry Cane, American lawyer (d. 1980)
  • Apr 19 Richard Scheibe, German sculptor (Adler mit Hakenkreuz)
  • Apr 20 Robert Lynd, Irish writer and critic (Pleasures of Ignorance), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1949)
  • Apr 20 Paul Poiret, French couturier, the most fashionable dress designer of pre-World War I, born in Paris (d. 1944)
  • Apr 21 Kartini, Indonesian national figure (d. 1904)
  • Apr 23 Emil Barth, German revolutionary (Social Democratic Party), born in Heidelberg (d. 1941)
  • Apr 26 Owen Williams Richardson, England, physicist (Nobel 1928)
  • Apr 28 Edgard Tytgat, Flemish painter and etcher, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1954)
  • Apr 28 Franz Arnold, German writer, born in Znin, Prussia (d. 1960)
  • Apr 29 Thomas Beecham, England, composer (found London Philharmonic)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, Prussian physicist and meteorologist, dies at 75
  • Apr 8 Anthony Panizzi, Italian librarian at British Museum, dies at 81
  • Apr 9 Ernst Richter, German musical theorist and composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 16 Bernadette, st/(saw Virgin Mary at Lourdes), dies in Nevers France
  • Apr 18 Anthony Pannizim, principal librarian (British Museum), dies
  • Apr 30 Emma Smith, Inaugural President of the Women's Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 74