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Historical Events in April 1831

  • Apr 7 Dom Pedro abdicates to son, Dom Pedro II crowned emperor of Brazil

Historic DiscoveryThe Lewis Chess Pieces

Apr 11 The 12th century Lewis chess pieces are exhibited at the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, shortly after their rediscovery in a sand bank on the Scottish Isle of Lewis

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  • Apr 14 Soldiers marching on a bridge in Manchester, England, cause it to collapse.