On This Day

Birthdays in History in 1749

  • Jan 12 Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff, Austrian earl/prince/diplomat
  • Jan 13 Friedrich Müller, painter and dramatist (d. 1825)
  • Jan 16 Vittorio Alfieri, Italian count, dramatist and poet (Maria Stuarda) who is considered the founder of Italian tragedy, born in Asti, Italy (d. 1803)
  • Jan 19 Isaiah Thomas, American printer/editor/publisher/historian
  • Jan 29 King Christian VII of Denmark (d. 1808)

Person of interestComte de Mirabeau

Mar 9 Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, Comte de Mirabeau, French revolutionary (influential member of the National Constituent Assembly), born in Le Bignon, France (d. 1791)

Revolutionary and Politician Comte de Mirabeau
Revolutionary and Politician
Comte de Mirabeau
  • Mar 10 Lorenzo da Ponte [ Emanuele Conegliano], Italian librettist (Don Giovanni), born in Ceneda, Republic of Venice (d. 1838)
  • Mar 19 Princess Louisa Anne of Wales (d. 1768)
  • Mar 23 Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace, French mathematician, astronomer and physicist (stability of the solar system), born in Beaumount-en-Auge, Normandy, France (d. 1827)
  • Mar 26 William Blount, American statesman and signer of United States Constitution, born in Windsor, North Carolina (d. 1800)
  • Apr 13 Frederik Sigismund van Bylandt, Dutch count and vice-admiral, born in Wageningen, Netherlands (d. 1828)
  • May 15 Levi Lincoln, Sr., American revolutionary, statesman, politician, and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1820)

Person of interestEdward Jenner

May 17 Edward Jenner, English physician, father of immunology, pioneered smallpox vaccinations, born in Berkeley (d. 1823)

Physician and Scientist Edward Jenner
Physician and Scientist
Edward Jenner
  • Jun 19 Jean-Marie Collot d'Herbois, French revolutionary and President of the National Convention, born in Paris (d. 1796)
  • Aug 5 Thomas Lynch, American lawyer, signer pf the US Declaration of Independence, born in Winyah, South Carolina

Person of interestJohann Wolfgang von Goethe

Aug 28 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and social philosopher (Faust), born in Frankfurt am Main, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1832)

Social Philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Social Philosopher
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Aug 31 Alexander Radishchev, Russian writer (Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow), born in Moscow (1802)
  • Sep 8 Yolande de Polastron, Duchess de Polignac, French aristocrat, born in Paris (d. 1793)
  • Sep 8 Marie Thérèse Louise of Savoy, Princesse de Lamballe, French aristocrat, born in Palazzo Carignano, Turin, Savoy (d. 1792)

Person of interestJean Baptiste Joseph Delambre

Sep 19 Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, French mathematician and astronomer (The History of Astronomy), born in Amiens, France (d. 1822)

Mathematician and Astronomer Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre
Mathematician and Astronomer
Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre
  • Nov 3 Daniel Rutherford, Scottish chemist and physician (isolation of nitrogen in 1772), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1819)
  • Nov 23 Edward Rutledge, (Gov-SC)/attorney/signer (Declaration of Independence)