On This Day

What Happened in September 1766

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 James Forten, African-American abolitionist and businessman who used his wealth to push for civil rights and the abolition of slavery, born in Philadelphia, Province of Pennsylvania, British America (d. 1842)

John 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)

  • 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)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 3 Archibald Bower, Scottish historian (b. 1686)
  • Sep 13 Benjamin Heath, English classical scholar, dies at 62