On This Day

Famous People Born in 1766

Famous Birthdays

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Sep 6 John Dalton, English physicist, developed atomic theory of matter, born in Eaglesfield, England (d. 1844)
  • 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 22 Hans CE Freiherr von Gagern, German advisor to Dutch king
  • Oct 23 Emmanuel, marquis de Grouchy, French marshal (d. 1847)
  • Nov 2 Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Czech field marshal, born in Sedlčany, Czech Republic (d. 1858)
  • Nov 16 Rodolphe Kreitzer, French composer/virtuoso violinist (Paris Conserv)
  • Nov 20 John Wall Calcott, composer
  • Nov 24 Friedrich Weinbrenner, German architect, born in Karlsruhe (d. 1826)
  • Dec 1 Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin, Russian writer (d. 1826)