On This Day

April 1849 in History

Events in History

Historic Invention

Apr 10 Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (NYC); sold rights for $400

  • Apr 14 Hungary declares itself independent of Austria with Louis Kossuth as its leader

Historic Event

Apr 23 Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky and members of the Petrashevsky Circle are arrested in St. Petersburg

  • Apr 25 The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal's English population and triggering the Montreal Riots.

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 6 John William Waterhouse, British painter, born in Rome, Roman Republic (now Italy) (d. 1917)
  • Apr 13 Enrique José Varona, Cuban author, born in Puerto Principe, Cuba (d. 1933)
  • Apr 17 William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Ravenna, Ohio (d. 1923)
  • Apr 21 Oskar Hertwig, German embryologist (discovered fertilization), born in Friedberg, Germany (d. 1922)
  • Apr 24 Joseph Gallieni, French general (Battle of Marne) and military governor of Paris, born in Saint-Béat, France (d. 1916)
  • Apr 25 Felix Klein, German mathematician (Evanston Colloquium), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1925)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 3 Juliusz Slowacki, Polish poet (Father of the Plague-Patient), dies at 39