On This Day

Birthdays in History in 1686

  • Jan 17 Archibald Bower, Scottish historian (d. 1766)
  • Jan 19 Hakuin Ekakuborn, Japan, Zen Buddhist
  • Jan 31 Hans Egede, Norwegian Lutheran missionary (d. 1758)
  • Feb 10 Johann F Gronovius, Dutch physician/botany
  • Apr 9 James Craggs the Younger, English politician, born in Westminster, London (d. 1721)
  • Apr 19 Vasily Tatishchev, Russian statesman, born in Pskov, Russia (d. 1750)
  • Apr 28 Michael Brokoff, Czech sculptor, born in Klášterec nad Ohří, Czech Republic (d. 1721)
  • Apr 29 Peregrine Bertie, 2nd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (d. 1742)

Person of interestDaniel Gabriel Fahrenheit

May 24 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Dutch-German-Polish physicist, inventor, and scientific instrument maker, who invented the thermometer and the Fahrenheit scale, born in Danzig, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1736)

Inventor and Physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit
Inventor and Physicist
Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit
  • Jun 9 Andrei Osterman, Russian statesman (d. 1747)
  • Jul 6 Antoine de Jussieu, French naturalist, born in Lyon, France (d. 1758)
  • Aug 12 John Balguy, English philosopher (d. 1748)
  • Aug 19 Eustace Budgell, English writer (The Spectator, writing 37 numbers signed X), born in Saint Thomas, Exeter, England (d. 1737)
  • Oct 15 Allan Ramsay, Scottish poet (Gentle Shepherd), born in Leadhills, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1758)