On This Day

Famous People Born in 1685

  • Jan 7 Gerard George Clifford, Dutch director of East India Company
  • Jan 7 Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (d. 1761)
  • Jan 18 Tiberius Hemsterhuis, Dutch Classical professor, baptized
  • Feb 8 Charles-Jean-François Hénault, French historian (d. 1770)
  • Feb 10 Aaron Hill, English playwright/poet (Tragedy of Zara)

George Frideric Handel

Feb 23 George Frideric Handel, German-British baroque composer and organist (Messiah, Water Music), born in Halle, Duchy of Magdeburg, Germany (d. 1759)

  • Mar 12 George Berkeley, Irish philosopher/bishop of Cloyne
  • Mar 17 Jean-Marc Nattier, French portrait painter
  • Mar 18 Ralph Ersine, Scottish minister (d. 1752)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Mar 31 Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (Mattheus-Passion) [OS 21 Mar], born in Eisenach, Germany (d. 1750)

  • Jun 3 Cornelis Hop, Amsterdam regent/diplomat
  • Jun 30 Dominikus Zimmermann, Bavarian Baroque architect and painter (Liebfrauenkirche), born in Gaispoint, Germany (d. 1766)
  • Jun 30 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera), born in Barnstaple, England (d. 1732)
  • Jul 3 Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet, British cavalry officer, born in Roos Hall, Beccles, England (d. 1768)
  • Aug 1 Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1748)
  • Aug 18 Brook Taylor, English mathematician, discoverer of Taylor's Theorem, born in Edmonton, Middlesex, England (d. 1731)
  • Sep 15 Gottfried Kirchhoff, German composer, born in Mühlbeck, Bitterfeld, Germany (d. 1746)
  • Sep 30 Gunther Jacob Wenceslaus, Bohemian composer and choirmaster, born in Gossengrün, (d. 1734)

Charles VI

Oct 1 Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor (1711-40), born in Hofburg Palace, Vienna (d. 1740)

  • Oct 26 Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer and harpsichordist (La Silvia), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1757)
  • Nov 17 Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye, French Canadian trader and explorer of North Dakota and the upper Missouri River, born in Trois-Rivières, New France (d. 1749)
  • Dec 6 Marie-Adélaïde of Savoy, mother of Louis XV of France, born in Royal Palace, Turin, Savoy (d. 1712)
  • Dec 12 Lodovico Giustini, Italian composer, born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 1743)
  • Dec 17 Thomas Tickell, English writer and poet, born in Bridekirk, Cockermouth, England (d. 1740)