April 1838 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 8 Steamship "Great Western" makes her maiden voyage from Bristol, England, to New York
  • Apr 9 UK National Gallery re-opens in its new dedicated building in Trafalgar Square, London
  • Apr 22 English steamship "Sirius" docks in NYC after crossing the Atlantic, first transatlantic steam passenger service
  • Apr 23 English steamship "Great Western" crossing Atlantic docks in NYC
  • Apr 27 Fire destroys half of Charleston
  • Apr 30 Nicaragua declares independence from Central American federation

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 3 Leon Michel Gambetta, French attorney and 37th Prime Minister of France (1881-82), born in Cahors, Kingdom of France (d. 1882)
  • Apr 5 Alpheus Hyatt, American zoologist and paleontologist, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1902)
  • Apr 12 John Shaw Billings, American librarian and surgeon, born in Allensville, Switzerland County, Indiana (d. 1913)
  • Apr 18 Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, French scientist (d. 1912)

Person of interestJohn Muir

Apr 21 John Muir, Scottish naturalist/discoverer (glaciers in High Seirras), born in Dunbar

Environmental Philosopher John Muir
Environmental Philosopher
John Muir
  • Apr 23 Alfred Verwee, Flemish painter, born in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium (d. 1895)
  • Apr 28 Tobias Asser, Dutch advocate of world law (Nobel 1911), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1913)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 3 Francesco Antommarchi, Napoleon's physician on St Helena, dies at 57
  • Apr 6 JosĂ© Bonifácio de Andrada, Brazilian statesman, dies at 74
  • Apr 11 Piet [Petrus Lafras] Uys, South African pioneer (Great Pull), murdered at 40
  • Apr 17 Johanna Schopenhauer, German writer and mother of Arthur Schopenhauer, dies at 71