Famous People Born in 1742

  • Jan 8 Philip Astley, English 'Father of the Modern Circus', born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England (d. 1814)
  • Jan 15 Eugene Godecharle, composer
  • Jan 24 Anne, Duchess of Cumberland and Strathearn (d. 1808)
  • Jan 26 Johann Friedrich Ludwig Sievers, German composer, born in Hanover (d. 1806)
  • Mar 4 Johann Heinrich Egli, composer
  • Mar 19 Zacharias H Alewijn, Dutch literary/poet
  • Mar 19 Tupac Amaru II, Incan revolutionary (d. 1781)
  • Apr 24 Roman Hoffstetter, German classical composer, born in Weikersheim, Germany (d. 1815)
  • May 8 Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz, Czech composer, born in Budenice, Zlonice, Czech Republic (d. 1790)
  • May 13 Archduchess Maria Christina, Duchess of Teschen (d. 1798)
  • May 18 Lionel Lukin, British life boat pioneer, born in Great Dunmow, Essex (d. 1834)
  • Jun 17 William Hooper, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence)
  • Jun 22 Heinrich Gottfried Reichard, composer
  • Jun 26 Arthur Middleton, American signer (Declaration of Independence), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1787)
  • Jul 1 Georg C Lichtenberg, German physicist/writer (types of Lichtenberg)
  • Jul 19 Jean-Baptiste Davaux, French classical composer, born in La Côte-Saint-André, France (d. 1822)

Person of interestNathanael Greene

Aug 7 Nathanael Greene, American military leader (major general during the American Revolutionary War), born in Potowomut, Rhode Island (d. 1786)

Military Leader Nathanael Greene
Military Leader
Nathanael Greene
  • Aug 14 Marie Allard, French ballerina (Auguste Vestris)
  • Sep 14 James Wilson, One of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a signatory of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, born in Carskerdo, Scotland (d. 1798)
  • Oct 12 Johann Peter Melchior, German sculptor, born in Lindorf, Germany (d. 1825)
  • Nov 5 Richard Cosway, English artist (d. 1821)
  • Nov 18 Felix Maximo Lopez, composer
  • Nov 21 Alessandro Felici, composer
  • Dec 9 Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Swedish pharmacist and chemist (lemon acid), born in Stralsund, Swedish Pomerania (d. 1786)
  • Dec 16 Gebhard Fürst Blücher von Wahlstatt, German Field Marshal (d. 1819)
  • Dec 25 Charlotte von Stein, German friend of Goethe (d. 1827)