On This Day

Famous People Born in 1706

  • Jan 7 Johann Heinrich Zedler, German publisher (d. 1751)

Benjamin Franklin

Jan 17 Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father, inventor, ambassador and writer (Poor Richards Almanac), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1790)

  • Jan 28 John Baskerville, English printer (typeface inventor)
  • Feb 12 Josef Christian, German sculptor
  • Mar 4 Lauritz de Thurah, Danish architect and architectural writer (d. 1759)
  • Mar 6 George Pocock, British admiral (d. 1792)
  • Apr 24 Giovanni Battista Martini, Italian Conventual Franciscan friar and composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1784)
  • May 17 Andreas Felix von Oefele, German historian and librarian, born in Munich (d. 1780)
  • May 20 Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (d. 1777)
  • Jun 21 John Dollond, British optician and owner of 1st patent for achromatic lens, born in London, England (d. 1761)
  • Jul 21 Pierre Lyonet, Dutch zoologist and cryptologist (Anatomy of Wilgehoutrups), born in Maastricht, Netherlands (d. 1789)
  • Sep 20 František Václav Habermann, Czech composer, born in Lázně Kynžvart, Czech Republic (d. 1783)
  • Sep 21 Jacob Wilhelm Lustig, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1796)
  • Sep 21 Polyxena of Hesse-Rotenburg, Queen consort of Sardinia, born in Langenschwalbach, Hesse (d. 1735)
  • Oct 6 Pieter Steyn, Dutch grand pensionary (1749-72), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1772)
  • Oct 18 Baldassare Galuppi, Venetian composer (opera buffa), born on Burano (d. 1785)
  • Nov 7 Carlo Cecere, Italian composer, born in Grottole, Italy (d. 1761)
  • Nov 8 Johann Ulrich von Cramer, German judge and philosopher, born in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1772)
  • Dec 17 Gabrielle Chôtelet [La belle Emilie], French writer (Voltaire), born in Paris (d. 1749)
  • Dec 17 Émilie du Châtelet, French mathematician and physicist (Institutions de Physique; translation of Newton's Principia), born in Paris, Kingdom of France (d. 1749)