On This Day

What Happened in October 1720

Historical Events

  • Oct 10 French government proclaims strike on banknotes
  • Oct 17 Pierre de Marivaux' "Arlequin Poli Par l'Amour" premieres in Paris

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 3 Johann Peter Uz, German poet (Lyrische Poem), born in Ansbach, Germany (d. 1796)
  • Oct 4 Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian etcher, born in Mogliano Veneto, Italy (d. 1778)
  • Oct 8 Jonathan Mayhew, American Congregational minister, born in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts (d. 1766)
  • Oct 17 Maria Teresa Agnesi, Italian harpsichodist, singer, and composer, born in Milan, Habsburg Empire (now Italy) (d. 1795)
  • Oct 19 John Woolman, American Quaker preacher and abolitionist, born in Province of New Jersey (d. 1772)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 10 Antoine Coysevox, French sculptor (b. 1640)