On This Day

April 1873 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 British White Star steamship Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, 547 die
  • Apr 1 Mehmed Kemals play "Vatan" premeres in Constantinople
  • Apr 13 Colfax Massacre in Grant Parish, Louisiana (60 blacks killed)

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 11 Edward Lawson, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1955)
  • Apr 13 John W. Davis, American politician and United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 1955)
  • Apr 22 Ellen Anderson Glasgow, American novelist (Ancient Law, Pulitzer-1942), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1945)
  • Apr 24 Theodor Korner von Siegringen, 5th President of Austria (1951-57), born in Újszőny by Komorn, Austria-Hungary (d. 1957)
  • Apr 25 Walter de la Mare, British poet and author (The Listeners, Memoirs of a Midget), born in Charlton, Kent (d. 1956)
  • Apr 26 Otto zur Linde, German author (Charon), born in Essen, Germany (d. 1938)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 11 Edward Canby, U.S. general (b. 1817)
  • Apr 18 Justus von Liebig, German agricultural & biological chemist who is considered the founder of organic chemistry, dies at 69
  • Apr 20 William Tite, English architect (b. 1798)
  • Apr 25 Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian painter (VP: Imperial Academy of Arts 1828-68), dies at 90