What Happened in 1747

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Historical Events

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

Famous Birthdays

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

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May 5th Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1792)

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

Famous Deaths

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