Birthdays in History in 1779

  • Jan 1 William Clowes, English printer (d. 1847)
  • Jan 5 Stephen Decatur, American naval hero (War of 1812)
  • Jan 5 Zebulon Pike, 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

Person of interestPeter Mark Roget

Jan 18 Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer (Roget's Thesaurus) and inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard), born in London (d. 1869)

Lexicographer and Inventor Peter Mark Roget
Lexicographer and Inventor
Peter Mark Roget
  • 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
  • Mar 15 Lord Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, (d. 1848)
  • May 2 John Galt, Scotland, novelist (Ayrshire Legatees, Lawrie Todd)
  • May 25 Henry M Baron de Kock, Dutch officer/politician
  • May 28 Thomas Moore, Irish poet (d. 1852)
  • 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 (d. 1851)
  • Aug 7 Carl Ritter, co-founder of modern science of geography
  • Aug 7 Louis de Freycinet, French explorer (d. 1842)
  • Aug 20 Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist (d. 1848)
  • Aug 20 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen, 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, sultan of Turkey (1807-08)
  • Sep 18 Joseph Story, Mass, 19th Supreme Court justice (1812-45)
  • Oct 10 Antoine PFGdV Celles, Belgium/Dutch/French MP
  • Nov 4 John W Pieneman, historical painter (Battle at Waterloo)
  • Nov 5 Washington Allston, US 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 (d. 1865)

Person of interestJoseph Grimaldi

Dec 18 Joseph Grimaldi, English pantomimist and the "greatest clown in history", born in London (d. 1837)

Greatest Clown in History Joseph Grimaldi
Greatest Clown in History
Joseph Grimaldi
  • Dec 19 Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, engraver, born in Paris, France