On This Day

Famous People Born in 1766

  • Jan 10 Louis Massonneau, German composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1848)
  • Jan 25 Hans Christoph Ernst von Gagern, German statesman & political writer, born in Kleinniedesheim, Germany (d. 1852)
  • Jan 25 Hans Christoph Ernst von Gagern, German political writer and advisor to Dutch king, born in Kleinniedesheim, Germany (d. 1852)
  • Feb 13 Thomas Malthus, British economist and demographer (Law of Malthus), born in Guildford, England (d. 1834)
  • Feb 24 Samuel Wesley, composer/organist (Exultate Deo), born in Bristol, England
  • Mar 4 Emanuel ADMJ, French historian (Napoleon)
  • Mar 28 Joseph Weigl, Austrian composer and conductor (Emmeline), born in Eisenstadt, Austria (d. 1846)
  • Apr 15 Friedrich Bouterwek, German philosopher and critic, born in Oker, Hanover, Germany (d. 1828)
  • Apr 22 Madame de Staël [Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein], French-Swiss author (De l’Allemagne), born in Paris (d. 1817)
  • Apr 24 Robert Bailey Thomas, American journalist and founder (The Farmer's Almanac), born in Grafton, Massachusetts (d. 1846)
  • Jun 19 Edmund Weber, German composer, born in Hildesheim, Germany (d. 1828)
  • Jul 6 Alexander Wilson, Scottish-American ornithologist and naturalist, born in Paisley, Scotland (d. 1813)
  • Jul 8 Dominique Jean Larrey, French surgeon (d. 1842)
  • Jul 9 Johanna Schopenhauer, German writer and mother of Arthur Schopenhauer, born in Gdańsk, Royal Prussia, Crown of the Kingdom of Poland (d. 1838)
  • Jul 9 Jacob Perkins, American inventor, born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1849)
  • Jul 18 Friedrich Fleischmann, German composer, born in Marktheidenfeld, Germany (d. 1798)

  • Jul 20 Thomas Bruce, 7th earl of Elgin & Kincardine, British diplomat, born in Broomhall, Fife, Scotland (d. 1841)
  • Aug 1 Ignaz Anton Franz Xaver Ladurner, Austrian pianist and composer, born in Aldino, Italy (d. 1839)
  • Aug 1 Jeffry Wyatville, English architect and garden designer (alterations and extensions to Chatsworth House and Windsor Castle), born in Burton upon Trent, England (d. 1840)
  • Aug 6 William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist and physicist (famous for discovering the chemical elements palladium and rhodium), born in East Dereham, Norfolk, England (d. 1828)
  • Aug 22 Joseph-Denis Doche, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1825)

Person of interestJohn Dalton

Sep 6 John Dalton, English physicist and chemist who developed the atomic theory of matter and researched colour blindness, born in Eaglesfield, England (d. 1844)

Chemist, Physicist and Meteorologist John Dalton
Chemist, Physicist and Meteorologist
John Dalton
  • Sep 13 Samuel Wilson, American meat packer and possible namesake of Uncle Sam, born in Menotomy, Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1854)
  • Sep 25 Armand-Emmanuel, Duc de Richelieu, Prime Minister of France (1815-18, 1820-21), born in Paris (d. 1822)
  • Oct 9 Bedrich Divis Weber, Bohemian composer and musicologist, born in Velichov, Czech Republic (d. 1842)
  • Oct 23 Emmanuel, marquis de Grouchy, French general and marshal, born in Paris (d. 1847)
  • Nov 2 Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Czech field marshal, born in Sedlčany, Czech Republic (d. 1858)
  • Nov 16 Rodolphe Kreutzer, French composer (La mort d'Abel) and virtuoso violinist, born in Versailles, France (d. 1831)
  • Nov 20 John Wall Calcott, English composer, born in Kensington, London (d. 1821)
  • Nov 24 Friedrich Weinbrenner, German architect, born in Karlsruhe (d. 1826)
  • Dec 1 Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin, Russian writer (d. 1826)