On This Day

Famous People Born in 1712

  • Jan 17 John Stanley, English blind composer and organist, born in London (d. 1786)

Person of interestFrederick the Great

Jan 24 Frederick the Great, King of Prussia (1740-86), born in Berlin, Prussia (d. 1786)

King of Prussia Frederick the Great
King of Prussia
Frederick the Great
  • Jan 24 Georg F Schmidt, German engraver/etcher
  • Jan 28 Tokugawa Ieshige, Japanese shogun (d. 1761)
  • Feb 28 Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, French military commander (d. 1759)
  • Mar 8 John Fothergill, English physician, born in Wensleydale, England (d. 1780)
  • Mar 13 Isfrid Kayser, German composer, born in Türkheim an der Wertach (d. 1771)
  • Mar 22 Edward Moore, English dramatist (The Gamester) (d. 1757)
  • Mar 27 Claude Bourgelat, French veterinary surgeon, born in Lyon, France (d. 1779)
  • May 13 Johann Hartwig Ernst, Count von Bernstorff, Danish statesman (d. 1772)
  • Jun 21 Luc Urbain de Bouëxic, comte de Guichen, French admiral, born in Fougères, Ille-et-Vilaine, France (d. 1790)
  • Jun 28 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher, eminent political theorist, and writer whose influential works inspired French Revolution leaders and Romantic academics (Confession), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1778)
  • Aug 24 Cornelis Douwes, Dutch mathematician and astronomer, born in Terschelling, Netherlands (d. 1773)
  • Sep 1 Simon Fokke, Dutch book illustrator
  • Sep 23 Ferdinand VI, the wise, King of Spain (1746-59)
  • Oct 5 Francesco Guardi, Italian painter, born in Venice (d. 1793)
  • Oct 12 William Shippen, American physician and delegate to the Continental Congress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1801)

Person of interestGeorge Grenville

Oct 14 George Grenville, British Prime Minister (1763-65) who introduced the Stamp Act (1st international tax to the colonies in America), born in Wotton Underwood, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1770)

British Prime Minister George Grenville
British Prime Minister
George Grenville
  • Oct 18 Jeremias van Riemsdijk, gov-general of Dutch Indies (1775-77)
  • Oct 21 Sir James Steuart, British economist (d. 1780)
  • Oct 30 Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich, German painter, born in Weimar, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1774)
  • Nov 24 Willem Bachiene, theologist/geographer/astronomer (Ecclesiastical)
  • Nov 25 Charles-Michel de l'Épée, French philanthropist and developer of 'Signed French', born in Versailles, France (d. 1789)
  • Dec 1 Bernhard Christian Weber, composer
  • Dec 11 Francesco Algarotti, Italian art collector and encyclopedist (Viaggio in Russia), born in Venice (d. 1764)
  • Dec 12 Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine, Imperial Army field marshal, born in Lunéville, Duchy of Lorraine (d. 1780)