On This Day

Famous People Born in 1686

  • Jan 17 Archibald Bower, Scottish historian (d. 1766)
  • Jan 19 Hakuin Ekakuborn, Japan, Zen Buddhist
  • Jan 31 Hans Egede, Norwegian Lutheran missionary (d. 1758)
  • Feb 10 Johann F Gronovius, Dutch physician/botany
  • Apr 9 James Craggs the Younger, English politician, born in Westminster, London (d. 1721)
  • Apr 19 Vasily Tatishchev, Russian statesman, born in Pskov, Russia (d. 1750)
  • Apr 28 Michael Brokoff, Czech sculptor, born in Klášterec nad Ohří, Czech Republic (d. 1721)
  • Apr 29 Peregrine Bertie, 2nd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (d. 1742)

Person of interestDaniel Gabriel Fahrenheit

May 24 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Dutch-German-Polish physicist, inventor, and scientific instrument maker, who invented the thermometer and the Fahrenheit scale, born in Danzig, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1736)

Inventor and Physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit
Inventor and Physicist
Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit
  • Jun 5 Cristoph Raupach, composer, born in Tønder, Denmark (d. 1758)
  • Jun 9 Andrei Osterman, Russian statesman (d. 1747)
  • Jul 6 Antoine de Jussieu, French naturalist, born in Lyon, France (d. 1758)
  • Aug 1 Benedetto Marcello, Italian author and composer (Lettera Famigliare), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1739)
  • Aug 12 John Balguy, English philosopher (d. 1748)
  • Aug 17 Nicola Antonio Porpora, composer
  • Aug 19 Antonio Tonelli, Italian cellist and composer, born in Carpi, Italy (d. 1765)
  • Aug 19 Eustace Budgell, English writer (The Spectator, writing 37 numbers signed X), born in Saint Thomas, Exeter, England (d. 1737)
  • Aug 29 Wilhelm Hieronymus Pachelbel, German composer, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1764)
  • Oct 12 Silvius Leopold Weiss, German composer and lutenist, born in Grodków, Poland (d. 1750)
  • Oct 15 Allan Ramsay, Scottish poet (Gentle Shepherd), born in Leadhills, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1758)
  • Oct 22 Georg Balthasar Schott, German composer, born in Schönau, near Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1736)
  • Dec 25 Giovanni Battista Somis, composer