On This Day

Famous People Born in 1732

  • Jan 2 František "Franz" Xaver Brixi, Czech classical composer and kapellmeister, born in Prague (d. 1771)
  • Jan 6 Matija A Reljkovic, Habsburg military officer & Croatian writer (Satir iliti divji covic), born in Davor, Croatia (d. 1798)
  • Jan 17 Stanislaw II August Poniatowski, last king of Poland (1764-95)
  • Jan 18 Jean-Guillain Cardon, French harpist, teacher, and composer, born in Mons, South Netherlands (d. 1803)
  • Jan 20 Richard Henry Lee, American farmer (signed US Declaration of Independence), born in Westmoreland county, Virginia (d. 1794)
  • Jan 24 Pierre de Beaumarchais, French polymath and dramatist (The Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville), born in Paris, France (d. 1799)
  • Feb 5 Nathanael Gottfried Gruner, composer
  • Feb 6 Charles Lee, General in the American Revolution, born in Darnhall, United Kingdom (d. 1782)

George Washington

Feb 22 George Washington, 1st President of the United States (1789-97) and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, born in Westmoreland, Virginia (d. 1799)

  • Feb 25 Robert Hudson, British composer, born in London, England (d. 1815)
  • Mar 1 William Cushing, 2nd Chief Justice of the United States, born in Scituate, Massachusetts Bay, British America (d. 1810)
  • Mar 23 Marie Adélaïde of France, daughter of Louis XV (d. 1800)
  • Mar 24 Gian Francesco de Majo, Italian composer, born in Naples (d. 1770)
  • Mar 31 Franz Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer of the classical period (The Creation; Trumpet Concerto), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1809)
  • Apr 5 Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French painter (The Swing), born in Paris (d. 1806)
  • Apr 8 David Rittenhouse, American astronomer, inventor, and mathematician, born in Paper Mill Run, Pennsylvania (d. 1796)

Frederick North

Apr 13 Frederick North, Lord North, Prime Minister of Great Britain (Tory: 1770-82), "who lost America", born in London (d. 1792)

  • Apr 18 George Colman the Elder, English dramatist, born in Florence (d. 1794)
  • May 17 Francesco Pasquale Ricci, Italian composer, born in Como, Italy (d. 1817)
  • Jun 21 Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, composer and 5th son of Johann Sebastian Bach, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1795)
  • Aug 8 Johann C Adelung, German linguist/librarian
  • Sep 1 Johann Gottlieb Sollner, German composer, and theolgian born Zwickau, Saxony, Germany (d. 1798)
  • Sep 1 Thomas Erskine 6th Earl of Kellie, Scottish composer and musician, born in Kellie Castle, Scotland (d. 1781)
  • Sep 6 Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist, born in Wismar, Germany (d. 1796)

Jacques Necker

Sep 30 Jacques Necker, French finance minister of Louis XVI whose decisions contributed to the outbreak of the French Revolution, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1804)

  • Nov 9 Julie de Lespinasse, French aristocrat, hostess and writer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1776)

John Dickinson

Nov 13 John Dickinson, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania, born in Talbot County, Maryland (d. 1808)

  • Nov 27 Johann Joseph Emmert, German composer, born in Kitzingen, Würzburg, Germany (d. 1809)
  • Dec 6 Warren Hastings, 1st governor-general of India (1773-84), born in Churchill, Oxfordshire (d. 1818)
  • Dec 13 Jean-Claude Trial, French composer, born in Avignon, France (d. 1771)

Richard Arkwright

Dec 23 Richard Arkwright, English industrialist and inventor (created the spinning frame), born in Preston, England (d. 1792)