On This Day

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-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, French scientist, born in Cognac, France (d. 1912)

Person of interestJohn Muir

Apr 21 John Muir, Scottish naturalist and discoverer (glaciers in High Seirras), born in Dunbar (d. 1914)

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 José 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