On This Day

April 1841 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

Apr 4 Vice President John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the United States after the death of President William Henry Harrison

  • Apr 6 Cornerstone laid for 2nd Mormon temple, Nauvoo, Illinois
  • Apr 10 New York Tribune begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley

Historic Publication

Apr 14 1st detective story published, Edgar Allan Poe's "Murders in Rue Morgue" (April 1841)

  • Apr 26 "Bombay Gazette" begins publishing on silk
  • Apr 27 Imakita Kosen, 1st Zen teacher of D.T. Suzuki, found the awakening

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 6 Karl Binding, German jurist (d. 1920)
  • Apr 7 Alfred Cogniaux, Belgian botanicus
  • Apr 7 Jozef Neuhuys [Joseph Hendrikus Neuhuys], Dutch painter, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1889)
  • Apr 13 Louis-Ernest Barrias, French sculptor, born in Paris (d. 1905)
  • Apr 15 Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian distillery founder (Seagram Distilleries), born in Fisher's Mills, Canada West (d. 1919)
  • Apr 26 Wilhelm Scherer, German literature historian, born in Schönborn, Austrian Empire (d. 1886)

Deaths in History

William Henry Harrison

Apr 4 William Henry Harrison, 9th US President (Whig: March 4-April 4, 1841), dies of pneumonia and becomes 1st president to die in office

  • Apr 28 Peter Chanel, French priest & saint, dies at 37
  • Apr 29 (Louis) "Aloysius" Bertrand, French poet (Gaspard de la Nuit - Gaspard of the Night), and playwright, dies of tuberculosis at 34
  • Apr 30 Peter Andreas Heiberg, Danish author and philologist, dies at 82