On This Day

Famous People Born in 1740

  • Feb 3 Guillaume Lasceux, composer
  • Feb 7 Adam-Philippe Custine, French earl/general/MP
  • Feb 12 Matej Sojka, Bohemian composer, born in Vilémov (d. 1817)
  • Feb 15 Ernst Eichner, German composer and bassoonist, born in Arolsen (d. 1777)
  • Feb 16 Giambattista Bodoni, Italian printer and typeface designer (Bodoni), born in Saluzzo
  • Feb 17 Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist
  • Mar 6 Giovanni Meli, Siclian poet (Buccolica)
  • Mar 19 Johann Georg Roser, composer
  • Mar 24 John Antes, American composer and missionary, born in Frederick, Pennsylvania (d. 1811)
  • Apr 2 Armand-Gaston Camus, French revolutionary and Chairman of the Council of 500, born in Paris (d. 1804)
  • Apr 4 Wolfgang Nicolaus Haueisen, composer

Haym Salomon

Apr 7 Haym Salomon, Polish-born American broker who helped finance the American Revolution, born in Leszno, Poland (d. 1785)

  • Apr 18 Francis Baring, English merchant and banker, born in Larkbeare House, Exeter
  • May 2 Elias Boudinot, American lawyer and patriot, President of the Continental Congress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1821)
  • May 7 Nikolai Arkharov, Russian general (d. 1814)
  • May 9 Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (Barber of Seville), born in Roccaforzata, Taranto, Italy (d. 1816)
  • May 19 Joseph Franz Weigl, German cellist and early proponent of the 'thumb technique', born in Bavaria (d. 1820)

Marquis de Sade

Jun 2 Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and writer (Justine). The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name., born in Paris, France (d/ 1814)

  • Jun 8 Gabriele Mario Piozzi, composer, born in Quinzano d'Oglio, Italy (d. 1809)
  • Jun 11 Luigi Gatti, Italian composer, born in Lazise, Verona (d. 1817)
  • Jun 18 Karel van Poucke, Flemish sculptor, born in Diksmuide, West Flanders, Belgium (d. 1809)
  • Jun 21 Hendrik van Wijn, Dutch histrorian and archivist (Algemeen Rijksarchief), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1831)
  • Jul 27 Jeanne Baré, French explorer, born in Loire Valley, France (d. 1803)
  • Aug 10 Samuel Arnold, composer
  • Aug 15 Matthias Claudius, German poet, born in Reinfeld, Duchy of Holstein (d. 1815)
  • Aug 23 Ivan VI, Emperor of Russia (1740-41), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1764)
  • Aug 26 Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French balloonists (invented Montgolfier balloon), born in Annonay, France (d. 1810)
  • Sep 7 Johan Tobias Sergel, Swedish sculptor, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1814)
  • Sep 12 Johann Heinrich Jung, German author (Heinrich Stillings Leben), born in Hilchenbach, Germany (d. 1817)
  • Sep 23 Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan (d. 1813)
  • Oct 8 Michel-Julien Mathieu, French composer, born in Fontainebleau, France (d. 1777)
  • Oct 14 Joannes Siberg, Dutch Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1801-05), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1817)
  • Oct 20 Belle van Zuylen, Dutch-Swiss writer (Three Women), born at Castle Zuylen near Utrecht (d. 1805)
  • Oct 26 Ernest Louis Muller, Polish composer and flautist, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1811)
  • Oct 29 James Boswell, Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson and diarist, born in Edinburgh (d. 1795)
  • Oct 31 William Paca, American judge and signer (Declaration of Independence), born in Abingdon, Maryland (d. 1799)
  • Nov 4 Augustus Montague Toplady, English hymn writer (Rock of Ages), born in Farnham, Surrey, England (d. 1778)
  • Nov 14 Johann van Beethoven, Ludwig van Beethoven's father and first teacher (d. 1792)
  • Nov 24 John Bacon, English sculptor
  • Dec 13 Franz Xaver Schnitzer, German composer, born in Bad Wurzach, Germany (d. 1785)
  • Dec 30 Princess Elizabeth Caroline of Wales (d. 1759)