On This Day

Famous People Born in 1688

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 18 Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, born in Dorset, United Kingdom (d. 1765)
  • Jan 23 Ulrika Eleonora, Queen of Sweden, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1741)
  • Jan 25 Juraj Jánošík, Slovak highwayman, born in Terchová, Slovakia (d. 1713)
  • Jan 28 Jan Maurits Quinkhard, Dutch portrait painter
  • Jan 29 Emmanuel Swedenborg, Swedish religious leader (Angelic Wisdom)
  • Feb 4 Pierre De Marivaux, writer (Marianne), born in Paris, France

Person of interestMaria Louise van Hessen-Kassel

Feb 7 Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel [Marijke Meu], Princess of Orange and ancestor of all currently reigning monarchs in Europe, born in Kassel (d. 1765)

Princess of Orange Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel
Princess of Orange
Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel
  • Mar 25 Johann Gotthilf Ziegler, German baroque composer and organist, born in Germany (d. 1747)
  • Apr 4 Joseph-Nicolas Delisle, French astronomer and cartographer, born in Paris (d. 1768)
  • Apr 15 Johann Friedrich Fasch, German violinist and composer, born in Buttelstedt, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1758)

Person of interestAlexander Pope

May 21 Alexander Pope, English poet (Rape of the Lock, translation of Homer) (d. 1744), born in London, England

  • May 25 Christian August Jacobi, German composer, born in Grimma, Leipzig (d. 1725)
  • Jun 10 James Francis Edward Stuart "The old Pretender", Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland after the death of his father James II, born in St. James's Palace, London, Kingdom of England (d. 1766)
  • Jul 1 Johann Ludwig Steiner, Swiss composer, born in Zürich (d. 1761)
  • Jul 19 Giuseppe Castiglione, Italian Jesuit brother and missionary to China, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1766)
  • Aug 14 Frederik Willem I, King of Prussia (bodyguard of giants), born in Berlin, Prussia (d. 1740)
  • Sep 5 Lukas Fencer, Dutch poet (Fight of Kings & Mice)
  • Sep 12 Ferdinand Brokoff, Czech sculptor and carver of the Baroque era, born in Chomutov, Czech Republic (d. 1731)
  • Sep 13 Luca Antonio Predieri, Italian composer and violinist, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1767)
  • Sep 17 Maria Luisa of Savoy, Queen consort of Spain to Philip V (1701-14), born in Royal Palace of Turin, Savoy (d. 1714)
  • Sep 26 Willem 's-Gravesande, Dutch mathematician and physicist, born in s-Hertogenbosch, Duchy of Brabant (d. 1742)
  • Oct 17 Domenico Zipoli, composer
  • Oct 19 William Cheselden, English surgeon and anatomist (d. 1752)
  • Oct 22 Nadir Shah of Persia (d. 1747)
  • Nov 11 Lorenzo Somis, Italian composer and violinist, born in Turin (d. 1775)
  • Nov 15 Louis Bertrand Castel, French mathematician (d. 1757)