Famous People Born in 1740

  • Feb 3 Guillaume Lasceux, composer
  • Feb 7 Adam-Philippe Custine, French earl/general/MP
  • Feb 12 Matej Sojka, Bohemian composer, born in Vilémov (d. 1817)
  • Feb 15 Ernst Eichner, composer
  • Feb 16 Giambattista Bodoni, Saluzzo Italy, printer/typeface designer (Bodoni)
  • Feb 17 Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist
  • Mar 6 Giovanni Meli, Siclian poet (Buccolica)
  • Mar 19 Johann Georg Roser, composer
  • Mar 19 Joseph F Weigl, German/Austrian(?), violin cellist
  • Mar 24 John Antes, American composer and missionary, born in Frederick, Pennsylvania (d. 1811)
  • Apr 2 Armand-Gaston Camus, French CEO (Council of 500)
  • Apr 4 Wolfgang Nicolaus Haueisen, composer
  • Apr 18 Francis Baring, banker/merchant
  • May 2 Elias Boudinot, lawyer/patriot, found American Biblical Society
  • May 7 Nikolai Arkharov, Russian general (d. 1814)
  • May 9 Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (Barber of Seville)

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Jun 2 Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and writer (Justine). The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name., born in Paris, France

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Philosopher and Writer
Marquis de Sade
  • Jun 8 Gabriele Mario Piozzi, composer
  • Jun 11 Luigi Gatti, Italian composer, born in Lazise, Verona (d. 1817)
  • Jun 18 Karel van Poucke, Flemish sculptor
  • Jun 21 Hendrik van Wijn, Dutch archivist (Algemeen Rijksarchief)
  • Jul 27 Jeanne Baré, French explorer (d. 1803)
  • Aug 10 Samuel Arnold, composer
  • Aug 14 Pius VII, [Luigi B Chiaramonti], bishop of Imola/Pope (1800-23)
  • Aug 15 Matthias Claudius, German poet (d. 1815)
  • Aug 23 Ivan VI, Emperor of Russia 1740-41)
  • Aug 26 Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, France, aeronaut (ballooning)
  • Sep 7 Johan Tobias Sergel, Swedish sculptor (d. 1814)
  • Sep 12 Johann Heinrich Jung, German author (d. 1817)
  • Sep 23 Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan (d. 1813)
  • Oct 8 Michel-Julien Mathieu, composer
  • Oct 14 Joannes Siberg, Dutch governor-general of Neth Indies (1801-05)
  • Oct 20 Belle van Zuylen, Dutch-Swiss writer (Three Women), born at Castle Zuylen near Utrecht (d. 1805)
  • Oct 26 Ernest Louis Muller, composer
  • Oct 29 James Boswell, Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson and diarist, born in Edinburgh (d. 1795)
  • Oct 31 William Paca, US judge/signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • Nov 4 Augustus Montague Toplady, English author of hymn "Rock of Ages" (d. 1778)
  • Nov 14 Johann van Beethoven, Ludwig van Beethoven's father and first teacher (d. 1792)
  • Nov 24 John Bacon, English sculptor
  • Dec 13 Franz Xaver Schnitzer, composer
  • Dec 30 Princess Elizabeth Caroline of Wales (d. 1759)