On This Day

April 1817 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 15 1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford, Connecticut)
  • Apr 17 1st US school for deaf (Hartford, Connecticut)
  • Apr 22 Curacao prohibits use of white paint due to fierce sunlight

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Johannes J van Oosterzee, Dutch theologist
  • Apr 4 John Wilson Sprague, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in White Creek, New York (d. 1893)
  • Apr 13 Alphonse Wauters, Belgian historian and archivist (Brussels), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1898)
  • Apr 18 George Henry Lewes, English philosophical writer (Life of Goethe), born in London (d. 1878)
  • Apr 19 John Philip "Spanish John", Scottish painter, born in Aberdeen (d. 1865)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 2 Johann Heinrich Jung, German author (Heinrich Stillings Leben), dies at 76
  • Apr 4 André Masséna, Duke of Rivoli, Prince d'Essing and Marshal of France (b. 1758)

Person of interestCharles Messier

Apr 12 Charles Messier, French astronomer (cataloguer of "M objects"), dies at 86

Astronomer Charles Messier
Charles Messier