April 13, 1742: George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland.
April 14, 1828: Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.
April 15, 1802: William Wordsworth sees a “long belt” of daffodils with his sister Dorothy, inspiring him to write I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.
April 16, 1746: The Battle of Culloden is fought in Scotland between French-supported Jacobites and British Hanovarian forces.
April 17, 1797: Citizens of Verona, Italy begin an eight-day rebellion against the French occupying forces.
April 18, 1506: The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid.
April 19, 1855: Visit of Napoleon III to Guildhall, London.