On This Day

Historical Events in April 1849

Historic Invention

Apr 10 Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (NYC); sold rights for $400

  • Apr 14 Hungary declares itself independent of Austria with Louis Kossuth as its leader
  • Apr 16 Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "Le proph├Ęte" premieres in Paris

Historic Event

Apr 23 Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky and members of the Petrashevsky Circle are arrested in St. Petersburg

  • Apr 25 The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal's English population and triggering the Montreal Riots.