April 1866 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 US Congress rejects presidential veto giving all equal rights in US

Event of Interest

Apr 2 US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia

  • Apr 4 Ashmun Institute, in Oxford, Pennsylvania, is renamed Lincoln University

Assassination Attempt on Alexander II

Apr 4 Russian Tsar Alexander II of Russia narrowly escapes an assassination attempt by Dmitry Karakozov in the city of St. Petersburg

  • Apr 6 Grand Army of the Republic forms in Decatur, Illinois, by Dr. Benjamin F. Stephenson
  • Apr 8 Italy and Prussia ally against Austria-Hungary.
  • Apr 9 Civil Rights Bill passes over President Andrew Johnson's veto
  • Apr 10 American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) forms
  • Apr 16 Nitroglycerine explodes at a Wells Fargo & Co office in San Francisco shattering glass for half a mile

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Sophonisba Breckenridge, American professor, teacher and social activist (1st woman to graduate from Chicago Uni Law School), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1948) [1]

J. B. M. HertzogJ. B. M. Hertzog (1866-1942)

Apr 3 South African General and Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa (1924-39), born in Wellington, South Africa

  • Apr 4 George P Baker, American educator and playwright (47 Workshop), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1935)
  • Apr 6 Joseph Lincoln Steffens, American muckraker and investigative journalist (Shame of the Cities), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1936)
  • Apr 11 Bernard O'Dowd, Australian poet, born in Beaufort, Australia (d. 1953)
  • Apr 11 Clara Ford, American suffragette supporter and wife of industrialist Henry Ford, born in Wayne County, Michigan (d. 1950)

Butch CassidyButch Cassidy (1866-1908)

Apr 13 American desperado (Wild Bunch Passage), born in Beaver, Utah

  • Apr 14 Anne Sullivan [Johanna Macy], American teacher who educated Helen Keller, born in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts (d. 1936)
  • Apr 17 Ernest Starling, British physiologist (Frank-Starling law of the heart), born in London (d. 1927)
  • Apr 19 Henri Deterding, Dutch oil magnate (Royal Oil, Shell), born in Amsterdam (d. 1939)
  • Apr 22 Hans von Seeckt, German general and advisor of Chiang Kai-shek, born in Schleswig, Duchy of Schleswig, German Confederation (d. 1936)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Johannes C H de Meijere, Dutch zoologist, dies