On This Day

Birthdays in History in 1689

  • Jan 18 Charles de Montesquieu, French philosopher/writer (Letters Persanes)
  • Jan 29 Hubert K Poot, Dutch poet
  • May 15 Mary Wortley Montagu, English essayist, feminist, eccentric (baptism 26 May)
  • May 24 Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea, English politician (d. 1769)
  • Jun 26 Edward Holyoke, American academic and 9th President of Harvard University, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1769)
  • Jul 9 Alexis Piron, French dramatist (La Métromanie), born in Dijon, France (d. 1773)
  • Aug 19 Samuel Richardson, English novelist (Pamela), born in Mackworth, Derbyshire, England (d. 1761)
  • Sep 1 Kilian I von Dientzenhofer, Bavarian master builder (Prague)
  • Oct 22 John V, King of Portugal (1706-50), born in Ribeira Palace, Lisbon (d. 1750)
  • Dec 24 Frans van Mieris the Younger, Dutch painter & historian, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1763)