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Birthdays in History in 1779

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 William Clowes, English printer (d. 1847)
  • Jan 5 Stephen Decatur, American naval hero (War of 1812), born in Sinepuxent, Maryland (d. 1820)
  • Jan 5 Zebulon Pike, American brigadier general and explorer (Pike's Peak), born in Lamington, New Jersey (d. 1813)
  • Jan 15 Jean Coralli, ballet producer/choreographer, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 24 Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden), Russian tsarina (d. 1826)
  • Feb 20 Augustus Callcott, landscape painter, Kensington
  • Feb 21 Friedrich C von Savigny, German lawyer
  • Feb 27 Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (d. 1842)
  • Mar 2 Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist (d. 1851)

Person of interestWilliam Lamb

Mar 15 William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig 1834, 1835-41), born in London (d. 1848)

British Prime Minister William Lamb
British Prime Minister
William Lamb
  • May 2 John Galt, Scottish novelist (Annals of the Parish), born in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1839)
  • May 25 Hendrik Marcus de Kock, Dutch general and politician (Lieutenant Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies 1826-30), born in Heusden, Dutch Republic (d. 1845)
  • Jul 15 Clement Clarke Moore, US professor and author ('Twas the Night Before Xmas), born in NYC, New York (d. 1863)
  • Aug 1 Lorenz Oken, German naturalist, born in Bohlsbach, Swabia (d. 1851)
  • Aug 7 Carl Ritter, German geographer and co-founder of modern science of geography, born in Quedlinburg, Prussia (d. 1859)
  • Aug 7 Louis de Freycinet, French explorer and navigator (published the first map to show a full outline of the coastline of Australia in 1811), born in Montélimar, Drôme (d. 1842)
  • Aug 20 Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist, born in Linköping, Sweden (d. 1848)

Person of interestFabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen

Aug 20 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Russian explorer who discovered the continent of Antarctica, born in Osel, Estonia (d. 1852)

  • Aug 22 James Kirke Paulding, American author (The Dutchman's Fireside), born in Pleasant Valley, NY (d. 1860)
  • Sep 8 Mustafa IV, 29th Sultan of Ottoman Empire (1807-08), born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (d. 1808)
  • Sep 18 Joseph Story, American lawyer and 19th Supreme Court justice (1812-45), born in Marblehead, Massachusetts (d. 1845)
  • Oct 10 Antoine Philippe Vischer, comte de Celles, Belgian-French politician, born in Brussels (d. 1841)
  • Nov 4 John W Pieneman, historical painter (Battle at Waterloo)
  • Nov 5 Washington Allston, American painter/author
  • Nov 14 Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger, Danish poet (d. 1850)
  • Nov 27 Aimé, duc de Clermont-Tonnerre, French general (d. 1865)
  • Dec 12 Madeleine Sophie Barat, French saint and founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart, born in Joigny, Burgundy, France (d. 1865)
  • Dec 19 Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, engraver, born in Paris, France