On This Day

Famous People Born in 1678

  • Mar 3 Madeleine de Verchères, French Canadian heroine (d. 1747)

Person of interestAntonio Vivaldi

Mar 4 Antonio Vivaldi, Baroque violin virtuoso and composer (The Four Seasons), born in Venice, Venetian Republic (now Italy) (d. 1741)

Violin Virtuoso and Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Virtuoso and Composer
Antonio Vivaldi
  • Mar 7 Filippo Juvarra, Italian architect, born in Messina, Italy (d. 1736)
  • Mar 15 Dominique Marie Valet, French RC/old-catholic bishop
  • Jul 6 Nicola Francesco Haym, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1729)
  • Jul 26 Joseph I Habsburg, German king and Roman Catholic emperor (1705-11), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1711)
  • Sep 16 Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, English statesman and philosopher, born in Battersea, Surrey, England (d. 1751)
  • Sep 29 Adrien-Maurice, 3rd duc de Noailles, French soldier during reign of Louis XIV (d. 1766)
  • Oct 10 John Campbell, 2nd duke of Argyll and field marshal (Union of 1707), born in Ham House, Petersham, Surrey (d. 1743)
  • Nov 26 Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist, born in Béziers, France (d. 1771)
  • Dec 2 Nicolaas Kruik, Dutch hydraulic engineer (drained Haarlemmermeer), born in West-Vlieland, Netherlands (d. 1754)
  • Dec 8 Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, English diplomat, born in Houghton, Cambridge, England (d. 1757)
  • Dec 13 Yongzheng, 4th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, born in Yonghe Palace, Forbidden City, China (d. 1735)
  • Dec 14 Daniel Neal, English historian, born in London (d. 1743)
  • Dec 30 William Croft, English composer and organist, born in Nether Ettington (d. 1727)