On This Day

Birthdays in History in 1748

  • Feb 6 Adam Weishaupt, German philosopher & founder of the Order of the Illuminati, born in Ingolstadt, Germany (d. 1811)
  • Feb 9 Luther Martin, American patriot (d. 1826)
  • Feb 15 Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher/originator (Utilitarian), born in London, England
  • Mar 5 Jonas C. Dryander, Swedish botanist (d. 1810)
  • Mar 8 William V of Orange, Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1806)
  • Mar 10 John Playfair, Scotland, clergyman/geologist/mathematician
  • Apr 12 Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, French botanist (Classification of flowering plants), born in Lyon, France (d. 1836)
  • Apr 27 Adam├íntios Kora├»s, Greek humanist scholar, born in Smyrna, Anatolia (d. 1833)

Person of interestOlympe de Gouges

May 7 Olympe de Gouges [Marie Gouze], French playwright and revolutionary (Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen), born in Montauban, France (d. 1793)

Playwright and Revolutionary Olympe de Gouges
Playwright and Revolutionary
Olympe de Gouges
  • May 16 Antonius van Alphen, apostolic vicar of De Bosch
  • Jun 30 Jean-Dominique, comte de Cassini, French astronomer, born in Paris (d. 1845)
  • Jul 31 Isaac Ouwater, Amsterdam painter/cartoonist
  • Aug 13 Pieter L. van de Kasteele, Dutch politician and patriot, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1810)
  • Aug 30 Jacques-Louis David, French Neoclassical painter (Death of Marat), born in Paris (d. 1825)
  • Oct 7 Charles XIII, King of Sweden (1809-18)/Norway (1814-18)
  • Nov 11 Carlos IV (English: Charles], King of Spain (1788-1808), born in Portici, Italy (d. 1819)
  • Dec 9 Claude-Louis Berthollet, French chemist, born in Talloires, Savoy, France (d. 1822)