On This Day

Birthdays in History in 1724

  • Jan 24 Frances Brooke, English writer (d. 1789)
  • Feb 28 George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend, British field marshal (d. 1807)
  • Apr 12 Lyman Hall, American physician and signer (Declaration of Independence), born in Wallingford, Connecticut (d. 1790)

Person of interestImmanuel Kant

Apr 22 Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (Critique of Pure Reason), born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1804)

Philosopher Immanuel Kant
Philosopher
Immanuel Kant
  • Apr 27 Colonel Thomas Gardner, American heroic political figure and soldier, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1775)
  • May 7 Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, Austrian general, born in Strasbourg, Alsace, France (d. 1797)
  • May 10 Johan A Zoutman, Dutch lt-admiral (battle of Doggersbank)
  • May 19 Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (d. 1779)
  • May 22 Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (made important discoveries in the south Indian Ocean, in Tasmania and in New Zealand), born in St Malo, France (d. 1772)
  • Jun 8 John Smeaton, British civil engineer, born in Austhorpe, Leeds, England (d. 1792)
  • Jul 2 Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, German poet (Der Messias), born in Quedlinburg, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1803)
  • Jul 31 Noël François de Wailly, French lexicographer, born in Amines, France (d. 1801)
  • Aug 23 Abraham Yates, American Continental Congressman, born in Albany, New York (d. 1796)
  • Aug 25 George Stubbs, British animal painter (Horse Frightened by Lion), born in Liverpool (d. 1806)
  • Aug 27 John Joachim Zubly, Swiss-American Continental Congressman, born in St. Gall, Switzerland (d. 1781)
  • Sep 1 John Nieuwenhuijzen, theologist/co-founder (Society of It General)
  • Sep 3 Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester, British soldier and administrator (Governor of Quebec 1768-1778), born in Strabane, Ireland (d. 1808)
  • Oct 31 Christopher Anstey, English poet (The New Bath Guide), born in Brinkley, England (d. 1805)
  • Nov 11 Willem Arnold Alting, Dutch governor-general of Dutch East Indies (1780-97), born in Groningen, Dutch Republic (d. 1800)
  • Nov 21 Jan Ekels the Elder, Amsterdam painter and cartoonist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1781)
  • Nov 24 Maria Amalia of Saxony, queen of Spain (d. 1760)
  • Dec 1 Charles Theodoor, elector (Palts & Bayern)

Person of interestSamuel Hood

Dec 12 Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood, British admiral in the American Revolutionary War and the French Revolutionary Wars, born in Butleigh, England (d. 1816)

British Admiral Samuel Hood
British Admiral
Samuel Hood
  • Dec 13 Franz Aepinus, German physician and physicist, born in Rostock, Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (d. 1802)
  • Dec 24 Johann Conrad Ammann, Swiss physician & instructor of non-verbal deaf persons, born in Schaffhausen, Netherlands (d. 1811)