On This Day

Famous People Born in 1753

  • Feb 5 Coert L van Beyma thoe Kingma, Frisian regent/patriot
  • Feb 6 Évariste de Parny, French poet, born in Saint-Paul, France (d. 1814)
  • Feb 7 Rhijnvis Feith, Dutch mayor/writer (Zwolle/Thirsa)
  • Feb 12 Lambert-Francois Godecharle, composer
  • Feb 12 François-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers, French admiral (d. 1798)
  • Feb 20 Louis Alexandre Berthier, French marshal (d. 1815)
  • Mar 9 Jean-Baptiste Kléber, French general, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1800)
  • Mar 26 Benjamin Thompson, American physicist and inventor (Royal Institution of Great Britain), born in Woburn, Massachusetts (d. 1814)
  • Apr 1 Joseph de Maistre, French diplomat and writer (d. 1821)
  • Apr 9 Pieter Paulus, Dutch Patriot and President of the First National Assembly in The Hague, born in Axel, Netherlands (d. 1786)
  • Apr 28 Franz K Achard, German physicist and chemist, born in Berlin (d. 1821)
  • May 8 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, father of Mexican independence, born in Pénjamo, Guanajuato, Viceroyalty of New Spain (d. 1811)

Person of interestPhillis Wheatley

May 8 Phillis Wheatley, American poet who was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman, born in West Africa (d. 1784)

  • May 12 Giovanni Battista Viotti, Italian violonist and composer, born in Fontanetto Po, Savoia, Kingdom of Sardinia (d. 1824)
  • May 13 Lazare Carnot, French politician, engineer and mathematician known as the Organizer of Victory in the French Revolutionary Wars, born in Nolay, Côte-d'Or (d. 1823)
  • May 24 Oliver Cromwell, decorated African American soldier who served with Washington in US War of Independence, born in Burlington, New Jersey

  • May 31 Pierre-Victurnien Vergniaud, French politician and police leader, born in Limoges, France (d. 1793)
  • Jun 8 Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac, French composer, born in Muret, Haute-Garonne, France (d. 1809)
  • Jun 10 William Eustis, 12th Governor of Massachusetts (1823-25), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts Bay, British America (d. 1825)
  • Jul 4 Jean-Pierre Blanchard, French ballonist (1st balloon flights in England and U.S.), born in Les Andelys, France (d. 1809)
  • Jul 6 John H Midderigh, Rotterdam patriot, baptized
  • Jul 9 William Waldegrave, 1st Baron Radstock, Governor of Newfoundland, born in England (d. 1825)
  • Aug 3 Charles Stanhope, 3rd earl Stanhope, English radical politician and scientist, born in London (d. 1816)
  • Aug 12 Thomas Bewick, England, artist (British Birds, Aesop's Fables)
  • Aug 17 Josef Dobrovský, Czech linguist (d. 1828)
  • Aug 22 Christian Friedrich Ruppe, Dutch-German composer, born in Bad Salzungen, Germany (d. 1826)
  • Sep 2 Marie Josephine Louise of Savoy, queen of France (d. 1810)
  • Sep 10 John Soane, English architect (Bank of England, Soane Museum), born in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1837)
  • Sep 11 Friedrich August Baumbach, German composer, born in Gotha, Germany (d. 1813)
  • Sep 29 Johann Gottfried Schict, composer
  • Oct 14 Franz Anton Dimmler, German composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1827)
  • Nov 3 August Gottlieb Meißner, German Enlightenment author who helped develop the detective story genre in German literature, born in Bautzen, Electorate of Saxony, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1807)
  • Nov 3 Friedrich Christoph Gebtewitz, German composer, born in Prieschka, Meissen (d. 1805)
  • Nov 6 Jean-Baptiste Sebastien Breval, French cellist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1823)
  • Nov 6 Mikhail Kozlovsky, Russian sculptor, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1802)
  • Nov 19 Stanislas Champein, French composer, born in Marseille, France (d. 1830)
  • Nov 22 Dugald Stewart, Scottish philosopher and mathematician (Scottish common sense), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1828)
  • Nov 25 Otto Carl Erdmann Kospoth, Prussian composer, born in Mühltroff (d. 1817)
  • Nov 30 Johann Baptist Schenk, Austrian composer, born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria (d. 1836)
  • Dec 3 Samuel Crompton, English inventor (mule-jenny spinning machine), born in 10 Firwood Fold, Bolton, Lancashire, England (d. 1827)
  • Dec 19 John Taylor, Virginia, philosopher (Jeffersonian Democracy)
  • Dec 28 Johan Wikmanson, composer