Writer in History (Part 2)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 2,669

  • 1677-08-09 Jacob Campo Weyerman, South Neth's adventurer/painter/writer
  • 1679-03-18 Matthew Decker, English merchant and writer (d. 1759)
  • 1681-06-26 Hedwig Sophia, duchess of Holstein-Gottorp, Swedish writer (d. 1708)
  • 1684-02-21 Justus van Effen, writer/founder (Holland Spectator)
  • 1685-12-17 Thomas Tickell, English writer (d. 1740)
  • 1686-08-19 Eustace Budgell, English writer (d. 1737)
  • 1688-02-04 Pierre De Marivaux, writer (Marianne), born in Paris, France
  • 1689-01-18 Charles de Montesquieu, France, philosopher/writer (Letters Persanes)
  • 1689-07-09 Alexis Piron, French writer (d. 1773)
  • 1692-02-14 Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée, French writer (d. 1754)
  • 1692-02-25 Karl Ludwig, Freiherr von Pöllnitz, German adventurer and writer (d. 1775)
  • 1694-09-22 Lord Chesterfield, letter writer; introduced Gregorian calendar (1752)

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1694-11-21 Voltaire [Francois-Marie Arouet], French writer, philosopher and playwright (Candide), born in Paris (d. 1778)

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire
  • 1694-12-22 Hermann Samuel Reimarus, German philosopher and writer (d. 1768)
  • 1695-04-08 Johann Christian Gunther, German poet, born in Striegau, Silesia (d. 1723)
  • 1696-10-13 John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey, English statesman and writer (d. 1743)
  • 1700-09-30 Stanisław Konarski, Polish writer (d. 1773)
  • 1703-03-24 Jose F de Isla, [Francisco de Salazar], Spanish Jesuit/writer
  • 1703-11-26 Theophilus Cibber, English actor and writer (d. 1758)
  • 1704-01-01 Soame Jenyns, English writer (d. 1787)
  • 1704-02-12 Charles Pinot Duclos, French writer (d. 1772)
  • 1704-06-24 Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, French writer (d. 1771)
  • 1706-03-04 Lauritz de Thurah, Danish architect and architectural writer (d. 1759)
  • 1706-12-17 Gabrielle Chôtelet [La belle Emilie], French writer (Voltaire)
  • 1707-09-07 George-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon, writer on natural history
  • 1710-10-24 Alban Butler, English Catholic priest and writer (d. 1773)
  • 1710-11-08 Sarah Fielding, English writer (d. 1768)
  • 1710-12-02 Bertinazzi, Italian actor and writer (d. 1783)
  • 1712-03-22 Edward Moore, English writer (d. 1757)
  • 1713-04-12 Guillaume Thomas François Raynal, French writer (d. 1796)
  • 1714-02-26 James Hervey, English clergyman and writer (d. 1758)
  • 1715-05-04 Richard Graves, English writer (d. 1804)
  • 1715-08-06 Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, French writer (d. 1747)
  • 1715-11-05 John Brown, English writer, born in Rothbury, Northumberland, England (d. 1766)
  • 1716-01-20 Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer and numismatist (d. 1795)
  • 1716-12-16 Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarini, Duc de Nivernais, French diplomat and writer (d. 1798)
  • 1717-02-19 David Garrick, English actor/producer/writer (Aboan-Oroonoko), (d. 1779)
  • 1717-09-24 Horace Walpole, England, British horror writer (Castle of Otranto)
  • 1717-12-16 Elizabeth Carter, English poet, bluestocking and translator (All the Works of Epictetus Which Are Now Extant), born in Deal, England (d. 1806)
  • 1718-05-23 William Hunter, obstetrician/medal writer
  • 1718-07-18 Saverio Bettinelli, Italian writer (d. 1808)
  • 1718-09-08 Francois-Thomas the Baculard d'Arnaud, sentimental writer
  • 1719-10-17 Jacques Cazotte, French writer (d. 1792)
  • 1720-01-13 Richard Hurd, English bishop and writer (d. 1808)
  • 1720-03-13 Charles Bonnet, Swiss naturalist and writer (d. 1793)
  • 1721-03-19 Tobias Smollett, Scottish writer, baptized
  • 1722-02-19 Tiphaigne de la Roche, French writer (d. 1774)
  • 1722-09-22 John Home, Scottish writer (d. 1808)
  • 1722-12-01 Anna Louisa Karsch "Die Karschin", German poet, born in Hammer, Silesia (d. 1791)
  • 1723-07-11 Jean-François Marmontel, French historian and writer (d. 1799)
  • 1723-12-26 Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm, German writer (d. 1807)
  • 1724-01-24 Frances Brooke, English writer (d. 1789)
  • 1724-10-31 Christopher Anstey, English writer (d. 1805)

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1725-04-02 Giacomo Casanova, Italian writer, adventurer and famous lover, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1798)

Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover Giacomo Casanova
Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover
Giacomo Casanova
  • 1726-12-01 Eggert Olafsson, Icelandic writer
  • 1728-02-29 Robert Bage, English writer (Criticism by Peter Faulkner)
  • 1730-01-03 Charles Palissot de Montenoy, French writer/politician
  • 1730-02-21 Charles L Fournier, Flemish writer/painter
  • 1730-08-27 Johann Georg Hamann, German counter-enlightenment philosopher ("Reason is language"), born in Königsberg, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1788)
  • 1731-02-25 Simon Stijl, Frisian physician/writer
  • 1731-09-09 Francisco Javier Clavijero, Mexican writer (d. 1787)
  • 1731-12-06 Sophie von Laroche, German writer (History of Lady Sophia Sternheim), born in Kaufbeuren. Bavaria (d. 1807)
  • 1732-01-06 Matija A Reljkovic, Croatia, writer (Satir iliti divji covic)
  • 1732-11-09 Julie de Lespinasse, French aristocrat, hostess and writer (d. 1776)
  • 1733-07-22 Mikhail Shcherbatov, Russian philosopher and writer (d. 1790)
  • 1737-01-19 Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Fr writer (Paul et Virgin)

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1737-09-21 Francis Hopkinson, American author and composer, (designed the first American flag), born in Philadelphia, British America (d. 1791)

Author and judge Francis Hopkinson
Author and judge
Francis Hopkinson

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1740-06-02 Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and writer (Justine). The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name., born in Paris, France

Philosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade
Philosopher and Writer
Marquis de Sade
  • 1740-10-20 Belle van Zuylen, Dutch-Swiss writer (Three Women), born at Castle Zuylen near Utrecht (d. 1805)
  • 1741-12-10 Agatha "Aagje" Deken, Dutch writer (For the Elderly & Children)
  • 1742-07-01 Georg C Lichtenberg, German physicist/writer (types of Lichtenberg)
  • 1743-06-20 Anna L Barbauld, writer of hymns
  • 1744-05-31 Richard Edgeworth, writer, Bath
  • 1746-03-05 Jacob Wallenberg, Swedish writer/naval chaplain
  • 1746-09-04 Bernardus Bosch, Dutch Patriot/poet/writer, baptised
  • 1747-01-15 John Aikin, English doctor and writer (d. 1822)
  • 1749-03-09 Honore Mirabeau, French writer and politician (d. 1791)
  • 1749-08-31 Alexander Radishchev, Russian writer (Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow), born in Moscow (1802)
  • 1750-09-18 Tomas de Iriarte, Spanish writer (Fabulas Literarias)
  • 1751-01-12 Jacob M R Lenz, writer (Das Leidende Weib)
  • 1753-02-07 Rhijnvis Feith, Dutch mayor/writer (Zwolle/Thirsa)
  • 1753-04-01 Joseph de Maistre, French diplomat and writer (d. 1821)
  • 1754-11-26 Georg Forster, German writer, naturalist (A Voyage Round the World) and revolutionary, born in Nassenhuben (Mokry Dwór), Royal Prussia, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1794)
  • 1756-03-03 William Godwin, philosopher/political writer (Caleb Williams)
  • 1758-08-09 Bruno Dalberg/Anonymus Belga, [Petrus the Wacker van Zon], writer
  • 1758-09-01 Wilhelmus Kist, writer/director of Dutch Staatscourant
  • 1759-04-27 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, England, writer/feminist (Female Reader)
  • 1759-05-06 Francois GJS Andrieux, French writer/politician
  • 1759-05-26 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, writer/mother of Mary Shelley
  • 1760-05-10 Johann Peter Hebel, German writer (Allemannische Gedichte), born in Basel (d. 1826)
  • 1760-10-01 William Beckford, British writer (Epsiodes of Vathek)
  • 1761-05-13 Adrian Loosjes Pzn, publisher/writer (Mauritius Lijnslager)
  • 1761-07-25 Charlotte von Kalb, German writer
  • 1762-01-23 Christian A Vulpius, Germany, writer (Rinaldo Rinaldini)
  • 1762-10-30 André Chénier, French writer (d. 1794)
  • 1763-01-29 Johann Gottfried Seume, German writer (Spaziergang nach Syrakus), born in Poserna, Saxony-Anhalt, (d. 1810)
  • 1763-03-21 Jean Paul, German romantic writer (Titan), born in Wunsiedel, Franconia (d. 1825)
  • 1764-02-15 Jens I Baggesen, Danish writer/linguist (Danske V'rker)
  • 1766-12-01 Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin, Russian writer (d. 1826)
  • 1767-08-25 Antoine Louis Léon de Richebourg de Saint-Just, French revolutionary and writer (d. 1794)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 2,258

  • 1664-07-16 Andreas Gryphius, German lyric poet and dramatist, dies at 47
  • 1665-09-12 Jean Bolland, Flemish Jesuit writer (b. 1596)
  • 1667-05-02 George Wither, English writer (b. 1588)
  • 1667-07-11 John Fox, Amsterdam writer, buried
  • 1669-05-14 Georges de Scudéry, French writer (b. 1601)
  • 1669-05-16 Reyer Anslo, writer/poet, dies at about 42
  • 1670-11-15 Jan Amos Komensky [Comenius], Czech-speaking Moravian teacher, educator and writer, dies at 78
  • 1673-12-15 Margaret Cavendish, English writer (b. 1623)
  • 1674-02-22 Jean Chapelain, French writer (b. 1595)
  • 1674-03-08 Charles Sorel, sieur de Souvigny, French writer (b. 1597)
  • 1674-06-14 Marin le Roy de Gomberville, French writer (b. 1600)
  • 1676-07-25 François Hédelin, abbé d'Aubignac, French writer (b. 1604)
  • 1676-08-17 Grimmelshausen, writer, dies
  • 1676-10-28 Jean Desmarets, French writer (b. 1595)
  • 1679-04-18 Hofmannswaldau, writer, dies
  • 1679-10-12 William Gurnall, English writer (b. 1617)
  • 1680-02-17 Denzil Holles, 1st Baron Holles, English statesman and writer (b. 1599)
  • 1680-03-17 Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld, writer, dies
  • 1680-09-11 Roger Crab, English Puritan political writer (b. 1621)
  • 1681-05-25 Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, dies at 81
  • 1682-04-14 Avvakum, Russian priest and writer (b. 1621)
  • 1682-09-08 Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz, Spanish writer (b. 1606)
  • 1682-10-19 Thomas Browne, English writer (b. 1605)
  • 1683-01-15 Philip Warwick, English writer and politician (b. 1609)
  • 1683-12-15 Izaak Walton, English writer (b. 1593)
  • 1686-04-19 Antonio de Solís y Ribadeneyra, Spanish writer (b. 1610)
  • 1688-05-14 Antoine Furetière, French writer (b. 1619)
  • 1690-10-03 Robert Barclay, Scottish writer (b. 1648)
  • 1691-02-01 George Etherege, English stage writer (Love in a Tub), dies at 56
  • 1691-07-30 Daniel Georg Morhof, German writer and scholar (b. 1639)
  • 1692-11-06 Gédéon Tallemant des Réaux, French writer (b. 1619)
  • 1693-02-07 Paul Pellisson, French writer (b. 1624)
  • 1693-04-09 Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy, French writer (b. 1618)
  • 1693-05-25 Marie-Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne, comtesse de la Fayette, French writer (b. 1634)
  • 1693-12-13 Dodoftei, Romanian metropolitan of Moldavia/writer (Saint Lives), dies
  • 1695-03-05 Henry Wharton, English writer (b. 1664)
  • 1696-04-17 Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, French writer (b. 1626)
  • 1696-05-10 Jean de La Bruyère, French writer (b. 1645)
  • 1699-01-21 Obadiah Walker, English writer (b. 1616)
  • 1701-03-15 Jean Renaud de Segrais, French writer (b. 1624)
  • 1701-06-02 Madeleine de Scudéry, French writer (b. 1607)
  • 1701-09-15 Edmé Boursault, French writer (b. 1638)
  • 1702-09-17 Olof Rudbeck, Swedish scientist, writer and composer, dies at 71

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1703-05-16 Charles Perrault, French author/fairy tale writer, dies at 75

Fairytale writer Charles Perrault
Fairytale writer
Charles Perrault

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1704-04-12 Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, French bishop and writer, dies at 77

Bishop and Writer Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
Bishop and Writer
Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
  • 1706-12-03 Emilie Juliane of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, German countess and hymn writer (b. 1637)
  • 1707-01-10 Philibert, comte de Gramont, French writer (b. 1621)
  • 1707-06-16 Marie d'Orleans-Longueville, Duchess de Nemours, sovereign princess of Neuchâtel and writer (b. 1625)
  • 1708-04-30 Simon de Vries, book seller/writer (Unequal), dies
  • 1708-12-22 Hedwig Sophia, duchess of Holstein-Gottorp, Swedish writer (b. 1681)
  • 1710-02-16 Esprit Fléchier, French writer and Bishop of Nîmes (b. 1632)
  • 1711-03-19 Thomas Ken, English bishop and hymn-writer (b. 1637)
  • 1713-02-15 Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, writer, dies
  • 1713-05-20 Thomas Sprat, English writer (b. 1635)
  • 1715-01-07 François Fénelon, French-Catholic theologian and writer (b. 1651)
  • 1715-02-25 Pu Songling, Chinese writer (b. 1640)
  • 1718-01-06 Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian writer and jurist (b. 1664)
  • 1719-06-17 Joseph Addison, English poet/writer/secretary of state, dies at 47
  • 1719-09-07 John Harris, English writer
  • 1719-09-21 Johann Heinrich Acker, German writer (b. 1647)
  • 1719-10-14 Arnold Houbraken, painter/writer), dies at 59
  • 1720-04-21 Antoine Hamilton, French writer (b. 1646)
  • 1722-06-05 Johann Kuhnau, German composer and writer, dies at 62
  • 1723-02-26 Thomas d'Urfey, English writer (b. 1653)
  • 1723-03-15 Johann C Gunther, writer, dies at 27
  • 1724-02-12 Elkanah Settle, English writer (b. 1648)
  • 1724-10-02 François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (b. 1644)
  • 1725-06-29 Arai Hakuseki, Japanese writer and politician (b. 1657)
  • 1727-08-06 Francois Valentijn, vicar/writer, dies at 61
  • 1729-10-09 Richard Blackmore, English physician and writer (b. 1654)
  • 1731-12-26 Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French writer (b. 1672)
  • 1734-02-01 John Floyer, English physician and writer (b. 1649)
  • 1735-04-05 William Derham, English minister and writer (b. 1657)
  • 1735-09-18 Justus van Effen, writer/founder (Holland Spectator), dies at 51
  • 1736-07-16 Thomas Yalden, poet/fable writer, dies
  • 1737-05-04 Eustace Budgell, English writer (b. 1686)
  • 1742-03-23 Jean-Baptiste Dubos, French writer (b. 1670)
  • 1743-04-29 Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre, French writer (b. 1658)
  • 1743-08-05 John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey, English statesman and writer (b. 1696)

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1745-10-19 Jonathan Swift, English writer (Gulliver's Travels), dies at 77

Author, Poet and Satirist Jonathan Swift
Author, Poet and Satirist
Jonathan Swift
  • 1747-03-09 Jacob Campo Weyerman, S Neth adventurer/painter/writer, dies at 69
  • 1747-05-28 Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, French writer (b. 1715)
  • 1748-11-25 Isaac Watts, British hymnwriter (b. 1674)
  • 1749-08-13 J E Schlegel, writer, dies
  • 1749-12-10 Gabrielle Chôtelet, [La belle Emilie], writer (Voltaire), dies at 42
  • 1750-02-08 Aaron Hill, English writer (b. 1685)
  • 1750-05-03 John Willison, Scottish minister and writer (b. 1680)
  • 1750-06-15 Marguerite De Launay, Baronne Staal, French writer (b. 1684)
  • 1754-01-28 Ludvig Holberg, Danish lawyer/writer (Hendrig og Pernille), dies at 69
  • 1754-05-14 Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée, French writer (b. 1692)
  • 1754-12-12 Wu Jingzi, Chinese writer (b. 1701)
  • 1755-02-10 Montesquieu, French writer (b. 1689)
  • 1755-03-02 Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French writer (b. 1675)
  • 1756-02-25 Eliza Haywood, English actress and writer (b. 1693)
  • 1757-03-01 Edward Moore, English writer (b. 1712)
  • 1761-07-04 Samuel Richardson, English writer (b. 1689)
  • 1762-06-17 Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French writer (b. 1674)
  • 1762-08-21 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English writer (b. 1689)
  • 1763-02-12 Pierre de Marivaux, French writer (b. 1688)
  • 1764-05-10 Picander, [Christian Henrici], German writer (Die Weiberprobe), dies