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Events in History

  • Jan 26 Stanislaw I of Poland abdicates his throne.
  • Feb 5 Methodists John & Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia
  • Mar 31 Belleuve Hospital founded in a New York City almshouse - 1st public hospital in the US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 French mathematician Pierre Louis Maupertuis begins Lapland expedition to measure latitude and shape of the earth, joined by fellow scientists Anders Celsius, Charles Etienne Louis Camus, Alexis Clairaut, and Pierre-Charles Le Monnier

Astronomer Anders Celsius
Astronomer
Anders Celsius
  • May 26 Battle of Ackia (La), British & Chickasaw Indians defeat French
  • Dec 3 Astronomer Anders Celsius takes measurements that confirm Newton's theory that the earth was an ellipsoid rather than the previously accepted sphere

Birthdays in History


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 19 James Watt, Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer and chemist (steam engine), born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1819)

Inventor, Engineer and Chemist James Watt
Inventor, Engineer and Chemist
James Watt
  • Jan 19 Laurens Pieter van de Spiegel, Dutch Grand Pensionary of Zeeland and Holland (1787-95)
  • Jan 25 Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Turin, Italy, mathematician and astronomer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 29 Ann Lee, American founder of the Shakers, born in Manchester, England (d. 1784)

Founder of the Shakers Ann Lee
Founder of the Shakers
Ann Lee
  • Mar 23 Iman Willem Falck, Dutch governor of Ceylon (1765-83), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka (d. 1785)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 29 Patrick Henry, American Revolutionary and Founding Father famous for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, born in Studley, Colony of Virginia, British America (d. 1799)

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry
  • Jun 5 Corneille F de Nelis, Flemish scholar/bishop of Antwerp
  • Jun 14 Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, physicist (formulated Coulomb's Law)
  • Jul 10 Maria, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh (d. 1807)
  • Aug 26 Jean-Baptiste L. Romé de l'Isle, French chemist (d. 1790)
  • Sep 10 Carter Braxton, US farmer/signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • Sep 15 Jean-Sylvain, French historian (History of France)
  • Sep 16 Johann N Tetens, German/Danish philosopher/mathematician
  • Nov 3 Christian Brunings, Dutch hydraulic engineer
  • Nov 11 Johann H Schepp, German/Neth engraver
  • Nov 26 Charles-Joseph Panckoucke, French publisher (Mercure de France)

Weddings in History

  • Feb 12 Maria Theresa Habsburg marries French Stefanus (emperor Francois I)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 31 Filippo Juvara, Italian architect (b. 1678)
  • Feb 7 Stephen Gray, English astronomer and scientist (b. 1666)
  • Mar 25 Nicholas Hawksmoor, British architect
  • Apr 21 Frans Eugenius, duke/prince of Savoye, dies at 72
  • Apr 24 Prince Eugene of Savoy, French-born Austrian general (b. 1663)
  • Apr 30 Johann Albert Fabricius, German classical scholar and bibliographer (b. 1668)
  • May 2 Albert Seba, Amsterdam pharmacist, dies at 71
  • Jul 16 Thomas Yalden, poet/fable writer, dies
  • Sep 16 Daniel G Fahrenheit, Prussian/Neth physicist (thermometer), dies at 50
  • Dec 1 Simon van Slingelandt, Dutch grand pensionary (1727-36), dies at 72
  • Dec 10 António Manoel de Vilhena, Portuguese ruler of Malta (b. 1663)
  • Dec 21 Alessandro Galilei, Italian architect (Cappella Corsini), dies at 45