On This Day

Historical Events in April 1853

  • Apr 1 Cincinnati becomes 1st US city to employ fulltime professional firefighters

Historic Event

Apr 7 Queen Victoria asks John Snow to administer chloroform during the delivery of her eighth child, Leopold, leads to wider acceptance of obstetrical anesthesia

  • Apr 11 Steamboat ferry 'Jenny Lind' boiler explosion kills at least 31 passengers in San Francisco Bay, California
  • Apr 15 Protestant church questions king Willem III RC bishops
  • Apr 16 1st passenger railway opens in India, from Bori Bunder (Bombay) to Thane (34 km)
  • Apr 17 Johan Rudolf Thorbecke's government in the Netherlands resigns
  • Apr 17 US Marine Hospital at Presidio, San Francisco forms
  • Apr 19 Netherlands Van Hall government forms
  • Apr 26 Dutch King William III disbands 2nd Chamber
  • Apr 29 Comet C/1853 G1 (Schweizer) approaches within 0.0839 AUs of Earth