April 1815 in History

Events in History

Eruption of Mount Tambora

Apr 5 Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies, has its first violent eruption after several centuries of dormancy

  • Apr 6 British militia shoots prisoners, 100's killed
  • Apr 10 Austria declares war on Kingdom of Naples
  • Apr 10 Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies experiences a cataclysmic eruption, one of the most powerful in history, killing around 71,000 people, causes global volcanic winter

Birthdays in History

Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898)

Apr 1 German chancellor (1866-90) who helped unify Germany, born in Schönhausen, Prussia

  • Apr 11 Clara Fey, German Roman Catholic Nun and the founder of the Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus, born in Aachen, Prussia (d. 1894)
  • Apr 24 Anthony Trollope, English novelist and poet (Barchester Towers), born in London (d. 1882)
  • Apr 24 James E. Harrison, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Greenville District, South Carolina (d. 1875)
  • Apr 28 Andrew Jackson Smith, American Major General (Union Army), born in Livingston County, Kentucky (d. 1897)
  • Apr 29 Abram Duryée, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1890)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 21 Joseph Winston, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina (b. 1746)