Famous People Born in 1685

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  • Jan 7 Gerard George Clifford, Dutch director of East India Company
  • Jan 7 Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (d. 1761)
  • Jan 18 Tiberius Hemsterhuis, Dutch Classical prof, baptized
  • Feb 8 Charles-Jean-François Hénault, French historian (d. 1770)
  • Feb 10 Aaron Hill, English playwright/poet (Tragedy of Zara)

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Feb 23 George Frideric Handel, German-British baroque composer and organist (Messiah, Water Music), born in Halle, Duchy of Magdeburg, Germany (d. 1759)

  • Mar 12 George Berkeley, Ireland, philosopher/bishop of Cloyne
  • Mar 17 Jean-Marc Nattier, French portrait painter
  • Mar 18 Ralph Ersine, Scottish minister (d. 1752)

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Mar 31 Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (Mattheus-Passion) [OS 21 Mar], born in Eisenach, Germany (d. 1750)

  • Jun 3 Cornelis Hop, Amsterdam regent/diplomat
  • Jun 30 Dominikus Zimmermann, German architect/painter (Liebfrauenkirche)
  • Jun 30 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera) (d. 1732)
  • Jul 3 Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet, British cavalry officer (d. 1768)
  • Aug 1 Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni, composer
  • Aug 18 Brook Taylor, England, mathematician, discoverer of Taylor's Theorem
  • Sep 15 Gottfried Kirkhoff, composer
  • Sep 30 Gunther Jacob Wenceslaus, composer
  • Oct 1 Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor (1711-40) (d. 1740)
  • Oct 26 Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer and harpsichordist (La Silvia), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1757)
  • Nov 17 Pierre Gaultier, French-Canadian trader and explorer (d. 1749)
  • Dec 6 Marie-Adélaïde of Savoy, mother of Louis XV of France (d. 1712)
  • Dec 12 Lodovico Giustini, composer
  • Dec 17 Thomas Tickell, English writer (d. 1740)