On This Day

Historical Figures Born 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)

Daniel 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)

  • Jun 9 Andrei Osterman, German born Russian statesman to Tsar Peter I, born in Bochum, Westphalia (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)