On This Day

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Outlaw Jesse James
Outlaw
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 in Italy

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 5 Samuel Cate Prescott, American food scientist and microbiologist, born in South Hampton, New Hampshire (d. 1962)
  • Apr 7 William Monroe Trotter, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, newspaper editor and African-American rights activist
  • Apr 9 Léon Blum, Prime Minister of France (People's Front Government), born in Paris (d. 1950)
  • Apr 13 Alexander Roda Roda, Austrian writer, born in Drnowitz, Moravia (d. 1945)
  • Apr 14 Abdullah Yusuf Ali, British-Indian Islamic scholar and translator (translated Qu'ran into English), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1953)
  • Apr 18 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi, born in Mauston, Wisconsin (d. 1960)
  • Apr 21 Billy Bitzer, American cinematography pioneer, born in Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1944)
  • Apr 22 Princess Margaret of Prussia, Queen consort-elect of Finland, born in New Palace, Potsdam, Prussia, German Empire (d. 1954)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Frederick Maurice, English theologian (Church of England), dies at 66
  • Apr 1 William Frederick Horry, English convicted murderer, dies at 28

Person of interestSamuel Morse

Apr 2 Samuel Morse, American painter and inventor of the electric telegraph and Morse Code, dies at 80

Inventor Samuel Morse
Inventor
Samuel Morse
  • Apr 9 Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (Mayor of Albany, New York), dies at 77
  • Apr 20 Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja), dies at 62
  • Apr 27 Ion Heliade-Radulescu, Romanian politician & author, dies at 70