On This Day

Birthdays in History in 1772

  • Jan 4 Paul-Louis Courier, (de Mere), French writer/interpreter
  • Jan 12 Count Mikhail Speransky, Russian reformer (d. 1839)
  • Feb 18 Giovanni Battista Brocchi, Bassano del Grappa, Italian Geologist
  • Mar 10 Friedrich von Schlegel, German romantic writer/critic (Lucinde)
  • Apr 4 Nachman of Breslov, Ukrainian founder of Breslov Hasidut, born in Międzybóż, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1810)
  • Apr 7 F M Charles Fourier, French socialist
  • Apr 11 Manuel Jose Quintana, Spanish author and poet (El Duque de Viseo), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1857)
  • Apr 15 Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, French naturalist, born in Étampes, France (d. 1844)
  • Apr 19 David Ricardo, English economist (On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation), born in London (d. 1823)
  • May 2 Novalis [Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg], German romantic writer ('Heinrich von Ofterdingen), born in Oberwiederstedt, Saxony (d. 1801)
  • May 4 Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus, German encyclopedia publisher, born in Dortmund, Germany (d. 1823)
  • May 20 William Congreve, English officer (design fire rocket)
  • May 22 Ram Mohan Roy, Hindu reformer (founded Brahmo Sabha), born in Radhanagar, British India (d. 1833)
  • Jun 6 Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily, Holy Roman Empire Empress, born in Royal Palace, Naples (d. 1807)
  • Jun 8 Robert Stevenson, Scottish civil engineer (Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1850)
  • Aug 11 Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount/general
  • Aug 24 William I Frederick, King of the Netherlands (1815-40) and Grand Duke of Luxembourg, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1843)
  • Aug 30 Henri de La Rochejacquelin, French Royalist Army leader, born in Mauléon, Kingdom of France (d. 1794)
  • Sep 27 Martha Jefferson Randolph, daughter of Thomas Jefferson the 3rd President of the U.S., born in Monticello, Virginia (d. 1836)

Person of interestSamuel Taylor Coleridge

Oct 21 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English romantic poet (Rime of Ancient Mariner), born in Ottery St Mary, Devon (d. 1834)

Poet, Critic and Philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Poet, Critic and Philosopher
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Nov 28 Luke Howard, British manufacturing chemist and meteorologist (nomenclature system for clouds), born in London (d. 1864)