On This Day

Famous People Born in 1708

  • Jan 25 Pompeo Batoni, Italian painter, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1787)
  • Jan 26 William Hayes, British composer and organist, baptized in Gloucester, England (d. 1777)
  • Jan 30 Georg Dionysius Ehret, German-English botanist & cartoonist, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1770)
  • Feb 8 Vaclav Jan Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1789)
  • Mar 21 Caspar Ruetz, German composer, born in Wismar (d. 1755)
  • Apr 6 Johann George Reutter, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1772)
  • Apr 8 Georg Zarth, Bohemian composer, born in Hochtann, Bohemia (d. 1778)
  • Apr 23 Friedrich von Hagedorn, German poet (Versuch einiger Poem), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1754)
  • May 3 Johann Adolph Scheibe, German music theorist and composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1776)
  • Jun 19 Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, German Baroque composer, born in Schweidnitz, Silesia (d. 1763)
  • Aug 10 John Stinstra, baptist vicar
  • Oct 16 Albrecht von Haller, Swiss experimental physiologist, biologist and author (Acadamy of Science), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1777)
  • Nov 4 Robert Praelisauer, German composer, music director, and priest, baptized in Kötzting, Electorate of Bavaria (now Bad Kötzting, Germany) (d. 1771)

William Pitt the Elder

Nov 15 William Pitt the Elder, British Prime Minister (Whig, 1756-61, 66-68) known as the `Great Commoner', born in London, England (d. 1778)

  • Dec 4 Marianus Königsperger, German composer, born in Roding, Germany (d. 1769)
  • Dec 8 Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (1745-1765), born in Ducal Palace of Nancy, Lorraine, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1765)