On This Day

Historical Events in April 1818

  • Apr 4 Congress decides on the US flag: 13 red & white stripes & 20 stars

Victory in Battle

Apr 5 In the Battle of Maipú, Chile's independence movement - led by Bernardo O'Higgins and José de San Martín - win a decisive victory over Spain, leaving 2,000 Spaniards and 1,000 Chilean patriots dead.

Victory in Battle

Apr 7 General Andrew Jackson conquers Spanish Fort San Marcos (St Marks), in Spanish Florida during his pursuit of the Native American Seminole Tribe, in what would become known as the First Seminole War

  • Apr 14 US Medical Corps forms
  • Apr 16 Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot amendment (unarmed US-Canada border)

Historic Event

Apr 20 Napoleon Bonaparte bids emotional farewell to his old guard at Palace of Fontainebleau

  • Apr 21 Franz Grillparzer's "Sappho" premieres in Vienna

Historic Event

Apr 28 US President James Monroe proclaims naval disarmament on Great Lakes and Lake Champlain