On This Day

Famous People Born in 1640

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 25 William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire, English polymath & aristocrat, born in Handsworth, England (d. 1707)
  • Mar 18 Philippe de la Hire, French mathematician and astronomer (d. 1719)
  • Apr 1 Georg Mohr, Danish mathematician (d. 1697)
  • Apr 22 Mariana Alcoforado, Portuguese nun, born in Beja, Portugal (d. 1723)
  • May 31 Michał Wiśniowiecki, King of Poland (1669-73), born in Biały Kamień, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1673)
  • Jun 5 Pu Songling, Qing Dynasty Chinese writer (Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio), born in Zibo, Shandong (d. 1715)
  • Jun 9 Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (1658-1705)
  • Jun 15 Bernard Lamy, French mathematician (d. 1715)
  • Jun 21 Abraham Mignon, Dutch still life painter, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1679)
  • Sep 29 Antoine Coyzevox, French sculptor, baptized
  • Nov 4 Carlo Mannelli, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1697)
  • Nov 15 Nicolaus Adam Strungk, German composer, born in Braunschweig, Germany (d. 1700)
  • Nov 26 Carl Rosier, Dutch baroque composer, born in Liège (d. 1725)
  • Nov 28 Willem de Vlamingh, Flemish sea captain (c. 1648)
  • Dec 6 Claude Fleury, French priest and historian, born in Paris (d. 1723)
  • Dec 13 Robert Plot, English naturalist, born in Borden, Kent (d. 1696)
  • Dec 14 Aphra Behn, English playwright and novelist, baptized in Canterbury, England (d. 1689)