On This Day

April 1770 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 12 British parliament repeals the Townshend Revenue Acts, which had fueled opposition to British rule in colonial America
  • Apr 19 Amsterdam buys Van Aerssens family 1/3 part of Suriname

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

Apr 19 British explorer Captain James Cook first sights Australia

Explorer James Cook
Explorer
James Cook

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 3 Theodoros Kolokotronis, Greek general and leader of the Greek War of Independence (1821-29), born in Ramοvouni, Messenia, Ottoman Empire (d. 1843)

Person of interestWilliam Wordsworth

Apr 7 William Wordsworth, English poet laureate (The Prelude), born in Cockermouth, Cumberland (d. 1850)

  • Apr 9 Thomas Johann Seebeck, German physicist (Seebeck effect), born in Tallinn, Estonia, Russian Empire (d. 1831)

Person of interestGeorge Canning

Apr 11 George Canning, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1827) and Foreign Secretary, born in London, England (d. 1827)

British Prime Minister George Canning
British Prime Minister
George Canning
  • Apr 25 Georg Sverdrup, Norwegian statesman, born in Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway (d. 1850)
  • Apr 28 Nikita P Panin, Russian diplomat and minister of Foreign affairs, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d. 1837)
  • Apr 30 David Thompson, English-Canadian explorer (Columbia River), born in Westminster, England (d. 1857)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 25 Jean-Antoine Nollet, French clergyman and physicist (discovery of osmosis), dies at 69