Famous People Born in 1720

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  • Jan 4 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court)composer/organist
  • Jan 11 Gijsbert John van Hardenbroeck, Utrechts regent
  • Jan 13 Richard Hurd, English bishop and writer (d. 1808)
  • Jan 27 Samuel Foote, British actor, dramatist and theatre manager (Mirror), born in Truro, Cornwall (d. 1777)
  • Jan 30 Charles De Geer, Swedish industrialist and entomologist (d. 1778)
  • Feb 8 Emperor Sakuramachi of Japan (d. 1750)
  • Feb 26 Gian Francesco Albani, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1803)
  • Mar 9 Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke, English politician (d. 1790)
  • Mar 13 Charles Bonnet, Swiss naturalist and writer (d. 1793)
  • Mar 22 Nicolas-Henri Jardin, French architect (d. 1799)
  • Apr 3 Elia van Vilnius, [Elijahu ben Salomo Zalman], Latvian rabbi
  • Apr 23 Vilna Gaon, Lithuanian rabbi (d. 1797)
  • May 11 Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen, German adventurer (d. 1797)
  • May 15 Maximilian Hell, Slovakian astronomer (d. 1792)
  • May 21 Antonio Corbisiero, composer
  • Jul 18 Gilbert White, English "father of British naturalists"
  • Jul 24 Louise Ulrike, queen of Sweden and wife of Adolf Frederik, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1782)
  • Aug 8 Carl Fredrik Pechlin, Swedish politician (d. 1796)
  • Aug 10 Franz Joseph Leonti Meyer of Schauensee, Swiss composer and organist, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1789)
  • Aug 11 Martin Gerbert, German composer, music historian and abbot, born in Horb am Neckar (d. 1793)
  • Aug 12 Konrad Ekhof [Hans Konrad Dieterich Eckhof], German actor and director, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1778)
  • Aug 17 Charles D J Eisen, French engraver/painter (Contes de La Fontaine)
  • Aug 18 Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers, English murderer (d. 1760)
  • Aug 20 Bernard de Bury, composer
  • Aug 30 Samuel Whitbread, English brewer and Member of Parliament, born in Cardington, Bedfordshire (d. 1796)
  • Sep 12 Frederick Philipse III, American land owner (Bronx, Westchester & Putnam), born in NYC, New York (d. 1785)
  • Sep 22 Adolph Carl Kunzen, composer
  • Oct 3 Johann P Uz, German poet (Lyrische Poem)
  • Oct 4 Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian etcher
  • Oct 8 Jonathan Mayhew, American Congregational minister, born in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts (d. 1766)
  • Oct 17 Maria Teresa Agnesi, composer
  • Oct 19 John Woolman, American Quaker preacher and abolitionist (d. 1772)
  • Nov 1 Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte, French admiral (d. 1791)
  • Nov 16 Carlo Antonio Campioni, composer
  • Dec 4 Jean-Jacques Robson, composer
  • Dec 13 Carlo Gozzi, Italian dramatist (d. 1804)
  • Dec 14 Justus Möser, German statesman (d. 1794)
  • Dec 31 [Bonnie Prince] Charles Edward Stuart, English pretender to throne (Jacobite rebellion), born in Rome (d. 1788)