Famous People Born in 1781

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  • Jan 20 Joseph Hormayr Freiherr zu Hortenburg, Austrian politician (d. 1848)
  • Jan 22 Francois-Antoine Habeneck, composer
  • Jan 26 Ludwig Joachim "Achim" von Arnim, German poet (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
  • Jan 30 Adelbert von Chamisso, French writer (Peter Schlemihl), born in Champagne (d. 1838)
  • Feb 9 Johann Baptist von Spix, German scientist (d. 1826)
  • Feb 17 René Laënnec, French physician who invented the stethoscope, born in Quimper, France (d. 1826)
  • Feb 18 Henry Martyn, Truro, missionary
  • Mar 4 Rebecca Gratz, American educator and philanthropist (d. 1869)
  • Mar 11 Anthony Philip Heinrich, composer
  • Mar 12 Frederica of Baden, Queen of Sweden (d. 1826)
  • Mar 13 Karl Friedrich Schinkel, German architect, city planner and painter (Altes Museum, Neue Wache), born in Neuruppin, Margraviate of Brandenburg (d. 1841)
  • Mar 17 Dominique J de Eerens, governor-general of Neth Indies
  • Mar 17 Ebenezer Elliott, British Poet. Know as the "Corn Law Rhymer'" (d. 1849)
  • Mar 18 Gustave Vogt, French composer, born in Strasbourg (d. 1870)
  • Apr 2 Bhagwan Swaminarayan, Indian yogi and religious leader, born in Chhapaiya, Uttar Pradesh, India (d. 1830)
  • Apr 22 Friedrich Christian Hermann Uber, German composer, born in Breslau
  • May 4 Karl Christian Friedrich Krause, German philosopher, born in Eisenberg, Germany (d. 1832)
  • May 14 Friedrich von Raumer, German historian/parliamentarian
  • May 24 Louis François Dauprat, French composer and horn player, born in Paris (d. 1868)
  • May 25 Ferdinand K J, archduke of Austria-Este/gov-gen (Sicily)
  • Jun 5 Christian August Lobeck, German classical scholar, born in Naumburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (d. 1860)

Person of interestGeorge Stephenson

Jun 9 George Stephenson, English engineer known as the "Father of Railways" (Locomotion No. 1, Standard Guage), born in Newcastle, England

Engineer Known as the Father of Railways George Stephenson
Engineer Known as the Father of Railways
George Stephenson
  • Jun 10 Giovanni Battista Polledro, composer
  • Jun 21 Siméon-Denis Poisson, French mathematician and physicist (the Poisson distribution), born in Pithiviers, France (d. 1840)

Person of interestStamford Raffles

Jul 6 Stamford Raffles, British statesman and founder of Singapore, born in off the coast of Port Morant, Jamaica (d. 1826)

British Statesman and Founder of Singapore Stamford Raffles
British Statesman and Founder of Singapore
Stamford Raffles
  • Jul 27 Mauro Giuliani, Italian musician and composer, born in Bisceglie, Italy (d. 1829)
  • Aug 9 Michael Umlauf, Austrian violinist, composer, and conductor (premiere of Beethoven's 9th), born in Vienna (d. 1842)
  • Aug 12 Robert Mills, American architect (Washington Monument)
  • Sep 3 Eugène de Beauharnais, son of Josephine de Beauharnais (d. 1824)
  • Sep 6 Anton Diabelli, Austria publisher and composer, born in Mattsee, Austria (d. 1858)
  • Sep 23 Princess Juliane of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (d. 1860)
  • Oct 1 James Lawrence, American naval hero (War of 1812-"Don't give up the ship!"), born in Burlington, New Jersey (d. 1813)
  • Oct 5 Bernard Bolzano, Czech mathematician and philosopher, born in Prague, Bohemia (d. 1848)
  • Nov 3 Johann Ernst Friedrich Wollank, composer
  • Nov 18 Felice Blangini, composer
  • Nov 20 Karl F Eichhorn, German law historian
  • Nov 29 Andres Bello, Venezuela poet/diplomat/scholar (Silvas Americanas)
  • Nov 30 Alexander Berry, British adventurer (d. 1873)
  • Dec 1 Charles Philippe Lafont, composer
  • Dec 11 David Brewster, Scotland, physicist/inventor (kaleidoscope)