On This Day

Birthdays in History in 1684

  • Jan 1 Arnold Drakenborch, Dutch classical scholar (d. 1748)
  • Jan 14 Jean-Baptiste Vanloo, French painter, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1745)
  • Jan 14 Johann Matthias Hase, German mathematician & astronomer, born in Augsburg, Germany (d. 1742)
  • Feb 21 Justus van Effen, writer/founder (Holland Spectator)
  • Feb 22 William Pulteney, statesman (Earl of Bath), born in London, England
  • Feb 24 Matthias Braun, Czech sculptor (d. 1738)
  • Mar 19 Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (d. 1766)
  • Apr 15 Catherine I, Empress of Russia (1725-27), born in Višķi, Daugavpils Municipality (d. 1727)
  • Oct 10 Jean-Antoine Watteau, French Rococo painter (fêtes galantes), born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1721)
  • Oct 26 Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal, born in Löwitz, Pomerania (d. 1757)
  • Dec 3 Ludvig Holberg, Baron of Holberg, founder of modern Danish and Norwegian literature, born in Bergen, Denmark-Norway (d. 1754)
  • Dec 22 Johann J Dillenius [Dillen], German botanist (Historia Muscorum), born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1747)