What Happened in October 1759

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Historical Events

  • Oct 31 Earthquake in Safed, Palestine kills hundred

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 4 Louis Fran├žois Antoine Arbogast, French mathematician (Du calcul des derivations), born in Mutzig, France (d. 1803)
  • Oct 13 Ecco Epkema, Dutch classic linguist (Frisian, old-Frisian), born in Wirdum, Netherlands (d. 1832)
  • Oct 20 Chauncey Goodrich, U.S. Senator from Connecticut (d. 1815)

Person of interestWilliam Grenville

Oct 25 William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig: 1806-07), born in Wotton Underwood, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1834)

British Prime Minister William Grenville
British Prime Minister
William Grenville
  • Oct 25 Maria Feodorovna of Russia, second wife of Tsar Paul I of Russia, born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1828)

Person of interestGeorges Danton

Oct 26 Georges Danton, French politician and revolutionary (1st president of the Committee of Public Safety during the French Revolution), born in Arcis-sur-Aube, France (d. 1794)

Politician and Revolutionary Georges Danton
Politician and Revolutionary
Georges Danton

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 10 Granville Elliott, British military officer (b. 1713)
  • Oct 13 John Henley, English clergyman, dies at 64