On This Day

April 1856 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 3 Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes badly damaged by gunpowder explosion, kills 4,000 on island of Rhodes
  • Apr 10 The Theta Chi Fraternity is founded at Norwich University, Vermont
  • Apr 11 Battle of Rivas; Costa Rica beats William Walker's invading Nicaraguans
  • Apr 18 Russian Chancellor Count Nesselrode resigns

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Acacio Gabriel Viegas, Indian physician who identified the plague in Bombay, born in Apora, Portuguese India (d. 1933)

Person of interestBooker T. Washington

Apr 5 Booker T. Washington, American education pioneer and 1st African American on a US stamp, born in Hale's Ford, Virginia (d. 1915)

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • Apr 11 Constantly Lievens, Flemish missionary in India, born in Moorslede, Belgium (d. 1893)
  • Apr 12 William Conway, 1st Baron Conway of Allington, English historian and explorer (Spitzbergen), born in Rochester, Kent (d. 1937)

Person of interestPhilippe Pétain

Apr 24 Philippe Pétain, French marshal and Chief of the French State (1940-44), born in Cauchy-à-la-Tour, France (d. 1951)

French General Philippe Pétain
French General
Philippe Pétain
  • Apr 26 Joseph Ward, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1906-12), born in Melbourne, Victoria Colony (d. 1930)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 11 Juan Santamaría, national hero of Costa Rica (b. 1831)