What Happened in 1747

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Historical Events

  • Jan 31 The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital.
  • Feb 14 Astronomer James Bradley presents his discovery of the wobbling motion of the Earth on its axis to the Royal Society, London
  • Apr 17 French troops occupy Zeeuws-Flanders, Netherlands
  • Apr 25 Prince Willem V appointed viceroy of Zealand
  • May 3 Willem IV appointed viceroy of Holland/Utrecht
  • May 4 Willem IV appointed viceroy of Overijssel
  • May 14 A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at first battle of Cape Finisterre.
  • May 16 Prince Willem V sworn in as admiral-general of Netherlands
  • Jul 1 Battle at Lafeld: France beat British/Dutch army
  • Sep 16 French troops occupy Bergen on Zoom
  • Oct 25 British fleet under Admiral Sir Edward Hawke defeats the French at the second battle of Cape Finisterre.
  • Nov 7 Organgist in Netherlands revolt under Daniel Raap
  • Nov 30 Dutch State of Zealand declare governorship hereditary for women
  • Dec 9 Great Britain & Netherlands sign military treaty

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 10 Abraham L Breguet, French clock maker
  • Jan 15 John Aikin, English doctor and writer (d. 1822)
  • Feb 3 Samuel Osgood, American patriot (d. 1813)
  • Feb 17 Narciso Casanovas, composer
  • Feb 28 Justin Morgan, composer
  • Mar 3 Kasamir Pulaski, US general (Revolutionary War)
  • Mar 4 Casimir Pulaski, Count/American Revolutionary War general
  • Mar 31 Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, German composer (Moon has Risen)
  • Apr 13 Louis Philip II, Duke of Orléans (d. 1793)
  • Apr 23 Alexandre-Auguste Robineau, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 5 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1765-90) and Holy Roman Emperor (1790-92), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1792)

Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II
Holy Roman Emperor
Leopold II
  • Jun 24 Johann Melchior Dreyer, composer
  • Jun 26 Leopold Jan Antonin Kozeluh, composer
  • Jul 6 Coelestin Jungbauer, composer
  • Jul 6 John Paul Jones, naval hero ("I have not yet begun to fight")
  • Jul 30 Antonio Benedetto Maria Puccini, composer
  • Aug 13 Adrien-Joseph van Helmont, composer
  • Oct 8 Johann Wilhelm Stadler, composer
  • Oct 8 Jean-François Rewbell, French politician (d. 1807)
  • Oct 11 Marian Paradeiser, composer
  • Nov 24 Felice Alessandri, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 16 Barthold Heinrich Brockes, German poet (b. 1680)
  • Jan 19 Johann Bode, "discoverer" of Bode's Law, dies
  • Feb 1 Jacobus E J Capitein, Dutch slave/vicar/merchant, dies
  • Mar 9 Jacob Campo Weyerman, S Neth adventurer/painter/writer, dies at 69
  • Mar 16 Christian Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, father of Catherine II of Russia (b. 1690)
  • Mar 23 Claude Alexandre de Bonneval, French soldier (b. 1675)
  • Apr 2 Johann J Dillenius, German botanist, dies at 63
  • Apr 7 Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian field marshal (b. 1676)
  • Apr 9 Simon Fraser, 12th baron Lovat Jacobite, last man beheaded in England
  • May 9 John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair, Scottish soldier and diplomat (b. 1673)
  • May 28 Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, French writer (b. 1715)
  • May 31 Andrei Osterman, Russian statesman (b. 1686)
  • Jun 6 Jean Barriere, composer, dies
  • Jun 19 Alessandro Marcello, composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 19 Nadir, shah of Persia (1736-47), murdered
  • Jul 9 Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Italian opera-composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 16 Giuseppe Maria Crespi, painter/etcher, dies
  • Aug 8 Madeleine de Verchères, New France heroine (b. 1678)
  • Sep 15 Johann Gotthilf Ziegler, German baroque composer and organist, dies at 59
  • Oct 10 John Potter, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1674)
  • Nov 17 Alain R Lesage, French author (Le diable boiteux), dies at 79
  • Dec 2 Vincent Bourne, English classical scholar (b. 1695)
  • Dec 11 Edmund Curll, English bookseller (b. ca. 1675)