On This Day

Famous Deaths in 1708

  • Jan 23 Thomas Bullis, English composer, dies at 80 (buried)
  • Apr 30 Simon de Vries, book seller/writer (Unequal), dies
  • May 6 Fran├žois de Laval, first Roman Catholic bishop of Quebec, dies at 85
  • May 11 Jules Hardouin Mansart, French architect, dies at 62
  • May 12 Adolf Friedrich II of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1658)
  • May 27 Jacques Danican Philidor, French composer, dies at 51
  • Jun 15 Romeyn de Hooghe, painter/goldsmith, buried at 62
  • Jul 1 Emperor Tekle Haymanot I of Ethiopia (b. 1706)
  • Jul 2 Willem of Nassau, mister of Zuylenstein/lt-gen/baron Enfield, dies
  • Aug 1 Edward Tyson, British Physician and father of comparative anatomy (The Anatomy of a Pygmy, 1698), dies at 57
  • Aug 4 Vincenzo De Grandis, composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 3 Christian Liebe, composer, dies at 53
  • Sep 6 Sir John Morden, English merchant and philanthropist (b. 1623)
  • Sep 7 Tekle Haymanot I of Ethiopia
  • Oct 1 John Blow, English baroque composer (Venus & Adonis), dies at 59
  • Oct 7 Guru Gobind Singh, Tenth Guru of Sikhism, founder and General of Khalsa Army, social reformist and poet, dies following an assassination attempt at 41
  • Oct 10 David Gregory, Scottish astronomer (b. 1659)
  • Oct 11 Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, German mathematician (Tschirnhaus transformation), dies at 57
  • Oct 13 Henry van Nassau, mister of Ouwerkerk/fieldmarshal, dies at 67
  • Oct 18 Henry Van Nassau, stable master/fieldmarshal, dies at 67
  • Oct 22 Herman Witsius, [Wits], reformed theologist, dies at 72
  • Oct 24 Kowa Seki, Japanese mathematician
  • Oct 28 Prince George of Denmark, Prince Consort of Anne of England, dies at 55
  • Nov 3 Henriette Catharina van Nassau, daughter of Frederick Henry, dies at 71
  • Nov 7 Ludolf Backhuysen, Dutch seascape painter/cartoonist, dies at 76
  • Dec 20 Willem van Bemmel, Dutch painter and etcher, dies at 78
  • Dec 22 Hedvig Sophia, Duchess of Holstein-Gottorp, dies at 27
  • Dec 28 Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, French botanist (b. 1656)