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Events in History

  • Apr 23 Cornelis Steenoven elected archbishop of Utrecht
  • Jun 26 After a lasting siege and bombardment by cannons, Baku surrenders to the Russians.
  • Dec 6 Emperor Karel VI's Pragmatic Sanctie declares Constitution

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 11 Prithvi Narayan Shah, began the unification of modern Nepal (d. 1774)
  • Jan 12 Samuel Langdon, American college educator (d. 1797)
  • Jan 27 Johann A Cramer, prime minister/poet

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Feb 5 John Witherspoon, Scottish-American president of the College of New Jersey who signed the Declaration of Independence, born in Gifford, Scotland (d. 1794)

Presbyterian Minister John Witherspoon
Presbyterian Minister
John Witherspoon
  • Feb 17 Tobias Mayer, "method of lunars" for longitude determination
  • Feb 21 Louis-Pierre Anquetil, French historian (d. 1808)
  • Feb 23 Richard Price, Welsh philosopher (d. 1791)
  • Feb 24 John Burgoyne, British general (d. 1792)
  • Mar 5 Princess Mary of Great Britain (d. 1773)
  • Mar 23 Agha Mohammad Khan Ghajar, King of Iran (d. 1771)
  • Mar 25 Kaat Mussel, [Catharina Mulder], Dutch demonstrater
  • Mar 31 Frederik V, King of Denmark/Norway (1746-66)
  • Apr 20 Cornelius Harnett, American delegate to the Continental Congress (d. 1781)
  • Apr 30 Mathurin Jacques Brisson, French naturalist (d. 1806)
  • Jun 3 Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian-born naturalist (d. 1788)
  • Jun 11 J G Palitzsch, 1st saw Halley's comet on return, Prolitz

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 16 Adam Smith, Scottish economist (Wealth of Nations) and moral philosopher (date of baptism), born in Kirkaldy, Fife, Scotland (d. 1790)

Economist and Philosopher Adam Smith
Economist and Philosopher
Adam Smith
  • Jun 20 Adam Ferguson, Scottish sociologist/historian
  • Jun 20 Theophilus Lindsey, English theologian (d. 1808)
  • Jul 1 Pedro R de Campomanes, Spanish economist/historian/literary

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 10 William Blackstone, jurist (Blackstone's Commentaries), born in London, England

  • Jul 11 Jean-Fran├žois Marmontel, French historian and writer (d. 1799)
  • Jul 16 Joshua Reynolds, England, portrait painter (Simplicity)
  • Aug 2 Nicolas de Pigage, French classical architect
  • Sep 11 Johann Bernhard Basedow, German educational reformer (d. 1790)
  • Oct 4 Nikolaus Poda von Neuhaus, German entomologist (d. 1798)
  • Nov 8 John Byron, British naval officer (d. 1786)
  • Nov 30 William Livingston, revolutionary Governor of New Jersey (d. 1790)
  • Dec 19 Susanne K von Klettenberg, German friend of Goethes mother
  • Dec 26 Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm, German writer (d. 1807)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 Antonio M Valsalva, Italian anatomist, dies at 66

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 25 Christopher Wren, English astronomer and architect (St. Paul's Cathedral), dies at 90

Architect Christopher Wren
Architect
Christopher Wren
  • Feb 26 Thomas d'Urfey, English writer (b. 1653)
  • Mar 15 Johann C Gunther, writer, dies at 27
  • Mar 31 Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon, British-born American statesman (b. 1661)
  • Apr 5 J Fischer von Erlach, Austrian architect (Hofburg, Vienna), dies at 66
  • Apr 11 John Robinson, English diplomat (b. 1650)
  • May 11 Jean Galbert de Campistron, French dramatist (b. 1656)
  • Jul 1 Willem van de Pose, gov of Cape Colony (1699-1797), dies at about 59
  • Jul 14 Claude Fleury, French historian (b. 1640)
  • Jul 26 Robert Bertie, 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (b. 1660)
  • Jul 28 Mariana Alcoforado, nun (schreef no Lettres Portuguese), dies at 63
  • Aug 10 Guillaume Dubois, French cardinal and statesman (b. 1656)
  • Aug 17 Joseph Bingham, English scholar (b. 1668)
  • Aug 21 Dimitrie Cantemir, philosopher/monarch of Moldova 1710-11, dies at 49
  • Aug 23 Increase Mather, New England Puritan minister (b. 1639)
  • Aug 26 Thonis van Leeuwenhoek, biologist/inventor (microscope), dies at 90
  • Aug 30 Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch tradesman and scientist (b. 1632)
  • Oct 10 William Cowper, 1st Earl Cowper, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1665)
  • Oct 31 Cosimo III de' Medici, monarch of Florence (1670-1723), dies at 81
  • Nov 7 Godfrey Kneller, English painter (74-77), dies
  • Nov 19 Antoine Nompar de Caumont, French courtier and soldier (b. 1632)
  • Dec 2 Philip, French duke of Orleans/regent (1715-23)/PM (1723), dies
  • Dec 7 Jan Santini Aichel, Bohemian architect (b. 1677)
  • Dec 20 Augustus Quirinus Rivinus (b. 1652)
  • Dec 22 Jacques Basnage, French/Dutch historian/vicar, dies at 70