On This Day

Famous People Born in 1721

  • Jan 12 Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick, Prussian general (d. 1792)
  • Jan 21 James Murray, British military officer, governor of Quebec (d. 1794)
  • Feb 3 Friedrich Wilhelm, baron von Seydlitz, Prussian general, born in Kalkar, Germany l (d. 1773)
  • Feb 13 John Reid [Robertson], British Army General and composer (d. 1807)
  • Feb 24 John McKinly, Ulster Ireland, American physician
  • Mar 19 Tobias Smollett, Scottish writer, baptized
  • Apr 1 Pieter Hellendaal, Dutch violinist/organist/composer (Glees)
  • Apr 11 David Zeisberger, Moravian clergyman and missionary, born in Zauchtenthal, Moravia (d. 1808)
  • Apr 14 William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, English army leader, born in London (d. 1765)

Person of interestRoger Sherman

Apr 19 Roger Sherman, American lawyer and Founding Father of the United States (Declaration of Independence, Constitution), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1793)

Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman
Founding Father of the United States
Roger Sherman
  • Apr 24 Johann Philipp Kirnberger, German music theorist and violist, baptised in Saalfeld, Germany (d. 1783)
  • Jul 9 Johann Nikolaus Götz, German poet (Die Mädcheninsel), born in Worms, Germany (d. 1781)
  • Jul 14 John Douglas, Scottish Anglican bishop and man of letters (d. 1807)
  • Aug 4 Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, English politician (d. 1803)
  • Aug 13 Francis Hutcheson, Irish composer, born in Dublin (d. 1784)
  • Aug 21 Lucretia Wilhelmina van Merken, Dutch poet, born in Amsterdam (d. 1789)
  • Aug 31 George Hervey, 2nd Earl of Bristol, British statesman (d. 1775)
  • Sep 14 Eliphalet Dyer, American statesman and judge, born in Windham, Connecticut (d. 1807)
  • Oct 19 Joseph de Guignes, French orientalist (d. 1800)
  • Oct 25 Pierre Talon, French composer and cellist, born in Reims (d. 1785)
  • Nov 9 Mark Akenside, English poet and physician, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1770)
  • Nov 22 Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres, Swiss-Canadian cartographer and statesman, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1824)
  • Nov 25 Willem Crul, British admiral (West-Indies), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1781)
  • Dec 6 James Elphinston, Scottish philologist, born in Edinburgh (d. 1809)
  • Dec 6 Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, French lawyer and statesman, born in Paris (d. 1794)
  • Dec 25 William Collins, Chichester England, (Mayor-Chichester)/poet
  • Dec 27 Franciscus "French" Hemsterhuis, Frisian philosopher
  • Dec 29 Madame De Pompadour, mistress of French King Louis the 15th