On This Day

What Happened in September 1771

Historical Events

  • Sep 8 Mission San Gabriel Archangel forms in California

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Sep 26 Denis Diderot's "Le Fils Naturel" premieres in Paris

Enlightenment Philosopher Denis Diderot
Enlightenment Philosopher
Denis Diderot

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 5 Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1847)
  • Sep 11 Mungo Park, Scottish explorer (first westerner to travel the central Niger River in Africa), born in Selkirkshire, Scotland (d. 1806)
  • Sep 14 Nikolay Raevsky, Russian general and statesman, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1829)
  • Sep 17 Johann August Apel, German jurist and writer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1816)
  • Sep 23 Emperor Kokaku of Japan (d. 1840)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 17 Tobias Smollett, Scottish novelist (The Adventures of Roderick Random), dies at 50