Historic Birthdates in April

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Our selection of historic birthdates in April, including William Wordsworth, King Edward IV and Isambard Kingdom Brunel (pictured to the left).

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1 April.


William Harvey, English physician and anatomist who explained the circulation of the blood. Physician to James I and Charles I.

2 April.


Sir Alec Guinness, actor who won an Oscar for The Bridge over the River Kwai.

3 April.


King Henry IV, first Lancastrian king of England, responsible for suppressing Glendower's rising in Wales and the burning of heretics.

4 April.


Sir William Siemens, German-born English electrical engineer and inventor who constructed many overland and submarine telegraphs.

5 April.


Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher who published Leviathan in 1651. Believed in strong government and the supremacy of the state.

6 April.


Sir John Betjeman, author, broadcaster and English Poet Laureate from 1972 until his death in May 1984.

7 April.


William Wordsworth, English poet whose works include Ode on the Intimations of Immortality.

8 April.


Sir Adrian Boult, conductor closely associated with the works of Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Holst.

9 April.


Isambard Kingdom Brunel, most influential engineer of his day whose achievements included the Clifton suspension bridge, the SS Great Britain steamship, the Great Western railway track, etc., etc., etc.

10 April.


King James V of Scotland. Defeated by Henry VIII's forces at Solway Moss in 1542, he was succeeded by his daughter, Mary Queen of Scots.

11 April.


George Canning, British Prime Minister for four months during 1827. Following his resignation as foreign secretary in 1809, he fought a duel with the Secretary of War during which Canning was wounded in the thigh.

12 April.


Sir Bobby Moore, footballer and inspirational captain of England's 1966 World Cup winning team.

13 April.


Fredrick North, Earl of Guilford, British Prime Minister who introduced the Tea Act that led to the Boston Tea Party.

14 April.


Sir John Gielgud, English actor, noted, nay revered, for his Shakespearean and other classical roles.

15 April.


Sir James Clark Ross, Scottish explorer of the Antarctic, who discovered the north magnetic pole in 1831.

16 April.


Charlie Chaplin, English-born Hollywood film actor and director, best remembered for his portrayal of a tramp in baggy trousers and a bowler hat.

17 April.


Sir Leonard Woolley, archaeologist most famous for his excavation work at Ur in southern Iraq.

18 April.


Malcolm Marshall, West Indian fast bowler responsible for the annihilation of many an English cricket team.

19 April.


David Ricardo,  London stockbroker and political economist who wrote Principles of Political Economy.

20 April.


Adolf Hitler, Austrian-born housepainter and German fascist dictator, architect of, and runner-up in, World War II.

21 April.


Charlotte Bronte, Yorkshire novelist, eldest of the three Bronte sisters and author of Jane Eyre, Villette and Shirley.

22 April.


Henry Fielding, novelist, playwright and author of Tom Jones, Joseph Andrews and Amelia.

23 April.


William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon-born playwright and poet. Died this day 1616, leaving a wife, Anne, and two daughters, Judith and Susanna.

24 April.


William Joyce, 'Lord Haw-Haw', American-born British traitor, who made propaganda broadcasts for Germany during World War II.

25 April.


Oliver (Old Warty) Cromwell, Puritan leader in the English Civil War, Lord Protector of England 1653-8.

26 April.


Rudolf Hess, German Nazi leader who was Hitler's deputy in the early part of WW II. Was imprisoned by the British after he flew to Scotland on a peace mission.

27 April.


Edward Gibbon, English historian who wrote the bedside table six-volume The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

28 April.


Edward IV, King of England and Yorkist leader who was crowned after defeating the Lancastrians at Mortimer's Cross and Towton in 1461.

29 April.


Sir Malcolm Sargent, English conductor and chief conductor of the Sir Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (The Proms) from 1948 until his death in 1957.

30 April.


David Thompson, English-born Canadian explorer who explored vast parts of western Canada.


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