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Birthdays in History in 1704

  • Jan 1 Soame Jenyns, English writer (d. 1787)
  • Feb 12 Charles Pinot Duclos, French writer (d. 1772)
  • Feb 28 Louis Godin, French astronomer (d. 1760)
  • Apr 10 Benjamin Heath, English classical scholar, born in Exeter, Devon, England (d. 1766)
  • Jun 4 Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer, born in Lincolnshire, England (d. 1776)
  • Jun 22 John Taylor, English classical scholar (d. 1766)
  • Jun 24 Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, French writer, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1771)
  • Jul 15 August Gottlieb Spangenberg, founder of Moravian Church in North America
  • Jul 16 John Kay, English inventor (developed the flying shuttle), born in Lancashire, England (d. around 1779)
  • Jul 31 Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician (paradox of Cramer), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1752)

Person of interestWilliam Allen

Aug 5 William Allen, American loyalist, Chief Justice of the Province of Pennsylvania and Mayor of Philadelphia, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1780)

Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen
Mayor of Philadelphia
William Allen
  • Oct 9 Ján Andrej Segner, Slovak and German mathematician, physicist, and physician, born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 1777)
  • Oct 17 Willem Bentinck, orangist
  • Oct 29 John Byng, English admiral executed by firing squad at 52 for neglecting his duty in defence of Minorca, born in Southill, Bedfordshire, England (d. 1757)
  • Nov 1 Paul Daniel Longolius, German encylopedist (editor of Grosses vollständiges Universal-Lexicon), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1779)
  • Nov 28 Jacob Mossel, Dutch Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1750-61), born in Enkhuizen, Dutch Republic (d. 1761)
  • Dec 8 Anton de Haen, Austrian medical expert (Ratio Medendi), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1776)