April 1859 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 4 Bryant's Minstrels debut "Dixie" in New York City in the finale of a blackface minstrel show
  • Apr 6 US recognizes Liberal government in Mexico's War of Reform
  • Apr 12 Hibernia Savings & Loan Society of San Francisco incorporates
  • Apr 25 Ground broken for Suez Canal
  • Apr 26 US Congressman Daniel E. Sickles is acquitted in the murder Philip Barton Key, on grounds of "temporary insanity" - 1st time this defense used successfully in the US [1]
  • Apr 27 "Pomona" sinks in North Atlantic drowning all 400 aboard

Historic Publication

Apr 30 Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities" is first published in literary periodical "All the Year Round" (weekly installments until Nov 26)

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 8 Edmund Husserl, German philosopher (founded School of Phenomenology), born in Pro├čnitz, Margraviate of Moravia, Austrian Empire (d. 1938)
  • Apr 16 Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald, philanthropist (d. 1924)
  • Apr 18 Eduard Cuypers, Dutch architect (Sanatorium High-Laren), born in Roermond, The Netherlands (d. 1927)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 12 John Emde, German evangelist, dies at about 84
  • Apr 16 Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian and political writer (Democracy in America), dies of tuberculosis at 53
  • Apr 30 Sergey Aksakov, Russian writer (Chronicles of a Russian Family), dies at 67