On This Day

Famous People Born in 1653

  • Jan 7 Bernhard Albinus, German court-physician (Frederick of Prussia)
  • Feb 17 Arcangelo Corelli, Italian violinist/composer (Concerto Grossi), born in Fusignano, Italy (d. 1713)
  • Mar 25 Joseph Sauveur, French mathematician, physicist and sound engineer who coined the name acoustics for the study of sound from the ancient Greek word ακουστός, meaning "able to be heard", born in La Flèche, France (d. 1716)
  • Apr 2 Prince George of Denmark, Prince Consort of Anne of England, born in Copenhagen Castle, Denmark (d. 1708)
  • May 8 Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars, Marshal of France, born in Moulins, France (d. 1734)
  • May 21 Eleonora Maria Josefa of Austria, queen consort of Poland and Lithuania (d. 1697)
  • May 30 Claudia Felicitas of Austria, Empress consort of Germany, born in Florence, Tuscany (d. 1676)
  • Jun 1 Georg Muffat, baroque composer, born in Megève, Duchy of Savoy (d. 1704)
  • Jul 5 Thomas Pitt, British merchant and Governor of Madras, born in Blandford St. Mary, Dorset, England (d. 1726)
  • Aug 8 Jacques Basnage, French/Neth historian/vicar
  • Aug 9 John Oldham, English satirical poet, born in Shipton Moyne, Gloucestershire (d. 1683)
  • Aug 14 Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle, English statesman (d. 1688)

Person of interestJohann Pachelbel

Sep 1 Johann Pachelbel, German composer (Canon in D), born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1706)

  • Sep 20 Benedict Schultheiss, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1693)
  • Oct 18 Abraham van Riebeeck, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (d. 1713)
  • Nov 16 Joan van Hoorn, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1707-09), born in Amsterdam (d. 1711)
  • Nov 26 Andreas Anton Schmelzer, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1701)
  • Dec 24 Georg Motz, German composer, born in Augsburg, Germany (d. 1733)