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 Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity - 1st time this defense used successfully in the US
  • Apr 27 "Pomona" sinks in North Atlantic drowning all 400 aboard

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
  • Apr 30 Paul Morphy returns from 10-month chess tour of Europe, retires

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 8 Edmund Husserl, German philosopher (founded Phenomenology)
  • Apr 16 Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald, philanthropist (d. 1924)
  • Apr 18 Eduard G H H Cuypers, architect (Sanatorium High-Laren)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 12 John Emde, German evangelist, dies at about 84
  • Apr 16 Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian (b. 1805)
  • Apr 30 Sergei T Aksakov, Russian writer (Bagrova-vnuka), dies at 67