On This Day

1729 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 15 Sister St Stanislas Hachard, 1st American nun, takes her vows in New Orleans
  • Jul 22 Diamonds found in Minas Geras, Brazil
  • Jul 25 North Carolina becomes a royal colony
  • Jul 30 City of Baltimore founded
  • Sep 16 Willem KH Friso installed as viceroy of Groningen
  • Oct 12 Willem KH Friso installed as viceroy of Gelderland
  • Nov 9 Spain, France & Britain sign Treaty of Seville
  • Nov 21 Netherlands signs Treaty of Seville
  • Nov 28 Natchez Indians massacre 138 Frenchmen, 35 French women, and 56 children at Fort Rosalie, near the site of modern-day Natchez, Mississippi.

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Edmund Burke, British statesman, philosopher and author (A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, Reflections on the Revolution in France), born in Dublin, Ireland [NS=Jan 12]
  • Jan 5 Paulus Constantijn la Fargue, Dutch cartoonist & painter, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1782)
  • Jan 12 Lazzaro Spallanzani, Modena Italy, physiologist
  • Jan 22 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, German critic/dramatist
  • Feb 23 Josiah Hornblower, American statesman (d. 1809)
  • Mar 16 Georg W "Franz" Panzer, German vicar/librarian (Annales typographic)
  • Mar 28 Pieter Fouquet, Dutch art merchant (Atlas of Fouquet), born in Amsterdam (d. 1800)
  • Apr 13 Thomas Percy, English literary and bishop of Dromore, born in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England (d. 1811)

Person of interestCatherine the Great

Apr 21 Catherine the Great [Catherine II], German-born Empress of Russia (1762-96) who expanded the Russian empire, born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1796)

Empress of Russia Catherine the Great
Empress of Russia
Catherine the Great
  • May 13 Henry William (Baron) Stiegel, early American glassmaker
  • May 23 Giuseppe Parini, Italian prose writer and poet (Il Giorno), born in Bosisio, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1799)
  • May 25 Jean de Neufville, Dutch-American merchant (started 4th English war), born in Amsterdam (d. 1796)
  • Jun 5 Cláudio Manuel da Costa, Brazilian poet, born in Mariana, Minas Gerais, Portuguese Colony of Brazil (d. 1789)

Person of interestWilliam Howe

Aug 10 William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe, British Military Leader (commander of British forces in the American Revolutionary War), born in England (d. 1814)

Military Leader William Howe
Military Leader
William Howe
  • Sep 6 Moses Mendelssohn, German Jewish enlightenment philosopher (Haksalah), born in Dessau, Principality of Anhalt (d. 1786)
  • Sep 25 Christian G. Heyne, German archaeologist, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1812)
  • Sep 27 Michael Denis, Austrian poet, bibliographer and lepidopterist, born in Schärding, Austria (d. 1800)
  • Oct 22 Johann Reinhold Forster, German botanist (naturalist on James Cook's second Pacific voyage), born in Dirschau (Tczew), Royal Prussia, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1798)
  • Nov 12 Louis Antoine de Bougainville, French explorer (d. 1811)
  • Nov 17 Maria Antonietta of Spain, queen of Sardinia (d. 1785)
  • Nov 21 Josiah Bartlett, American physician and statesman (signed US Declaration of Independence), born in Amesbury, Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1795)
  • Nov 24 Alexander Suvorov, Russian general (d. 1800)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 4 Joseph de Montesquiou earl d'Artagnan, French lt-general, dies at 77
  • Jan 4 Meir Bacharach, Hebrew poet, dies
  • Jan 19 William Congreve, English dramatist (Love for Love), dies at 58
  • Jan 31 Jacob Roggeveen, Dutch navigator and explorer (Easter Island), dies at 69
  • Mar 2 Francesco Bianchini, Italian philosopher and scientist, dies at 66
  • Mar 21 John Law, Scottish economist and author (Money and Trade Considered), dies at about 57
  • May 4 Louis-Antoine, Cardinal de Noailles, French bishop and cardinal, dies at 77
  • May 17 Samuel Clarke, English philosopher and theologian, dies at 53
  • Jun 1 Matthaeus de Cock, governor general of Dutch Indies (1725-29), dies at about 65
  • Aug 15 Benjamin Neukirch, German poet (Herrn von Hofmannswaldau), dies at 64
  • Sep 3 Jean Hardouin, French scholar (b. 1646)
  • Sep 7 William Burnet, British-born American statesman (b. 1688)
  • Oct 2 Arnold Boonen, portrait painter, dies at 60
  • Oct 9 Richard Blackmore, English physician and writer (b. 1654)
  • Dec 1 Giacomo F. Maraldi, French-Italian astronomer and mathematician, dies at 64
  • Dec 13 Anthony Collins, English philosopher (A discourse on free-thinking), dies at 53