April 1785 in History

Events in History

Appointment of Interest

Apr 20 Thomas Warton appointed British Poet Laureate by King George III

Historic Event

Apr 21 Catherine II of Russia confers on the nobility the "Charter to the Nobility", increasing further the power of the landed oligarchs

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 J H Ferdinand Olivier, German painter
  • Apr 9 Sibrandus Stratingh, Dutch physician and chemist (electric car), born in Adorp, Netherlands (d. 1841)

John James AudubonJohn James Audubon (1785-1851)

Apr 26 American ornithologist and painter (The Birds of America), born in Les Cayes, Haiti

Deaths in History

  • Apr 14 William Whitehead, English writer and poet, British Poet Laureate (1757-85), dies at about 70
  • Apr 30 Frederick Philipse III, American land owner (Bronx, Westch & Putnam), dies at 65