On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 1879

  • 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 of Lourdes [Bernadette Soubirous], French saint (saw Virgin Mary at Lourdes), dies from tuberculosis at 35 in Nevers, France
  • Apr 18 Anthony Pannizi, Italian-born British librarian (British Museum), dies at 81
  • Apr 29 Douglas H. Cooper, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 63
  • 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
  • Apr 30 Sarah Josepha Hale, American writer (Mary Had a Little Lamb), editor, activist, and founder of the Seaman's Aid Society of Boston, dies at 90