April 1872 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 1st edition of The Standard
  • Apr 2 US engineer George Brayton patents an internal combustion engine (Brayton Cycle)
  • Apr 9 Samuel R Percy patents dried milk
  • Apr 10 1st National black convention meets in New Orleans
  • Apr 10 1st Arbor Day celebrated in Nebraska, later changed to Apr 22

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Apr 12 Jesse James gang robs bank in Columbia, Kentucky (1 dead/$1,500)

Outlaw Jesse James
Jesse James
  • Apr 14 Dominion Lands Act passed: Canada's Homestead Act
  • Apr 14 San Francisco organizes Bar Association
  • Apr 24 Volcano Mt Vesuvius erupts on Sicily

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 5 Samuel Cate Prescott, American food scientist and microbiologist (d. 1962)
  • Apr 7 William Monroe Trotter, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, newspaper editor and African-American rights activist
  • Apr 9 Leon Blum, French premier (People's front government)
  • Apr 13 Alexander Roda Roda, Austrian writer, born in Drnowitz, Moravia (d. 1945)
  • Apr 14 Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Indian-born Islamic scholar and translator (d. 1953)
  • Apr 18 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, Mauston, Wisconsin, USA, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi
  • Apr 21 GW Bitzer, [Johann Gottlob Wilhelm Bitzer], Roxbury MA
  • Apr 22 Princess Margaret of Prussia, queen of Finland (d. 1954)
  • Apr 29 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman (d. 1930)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Frederick Maurice, English theologian of the Church of England, dies at 66
  • Apr 1 William Frederick Horry, English convicted murderer (b. 1843)

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Apr 2 Samuel Morse developer of electric telegraph, dies at 80

Inventor Samuel Morse
Samuel Morse
  • Apr 9 Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (b. 1794)
  • Apr 20 Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja), dies at 62
  • Apr 27 Ion Heliade-Radulescu, Romanian politician/author, dies at 70