On This Day

Famous People Born in 1708

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 25 Pompeo Batoni, Italian painter, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1787)
  • Jan 26 William Hayes, English composer and organist, born in Gloucester (d. 1777) baptismal date
  • Jan 30 Georg Dionysius Ehret, German-English botanist and cartoonist, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1770)
  • Feb 8 Vaclav Jan Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, born in C√≠toliby, 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, composer

Person of interestWilliam 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)

British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner) William Pitt the Elder
British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner)
William Pitt the Elder
  • Dec 4 Marianus K√∂nigsperger, German composer, born in Roding, Germany (d. 1769)
  • Dec 8 Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (1745-1765)