On This Day

1734 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 10 Spanish army under Don Carlos (III) draws into Naples
  • Jun 17 French troops occupy Philipsburg at Rhine
  • Jun 21 In Montreal, New France (Quebec), black slave Marie-Joseph Angélique, having been convicted of the arson that destroyed much of the city, is tortured and hanged by the French authorities in a public ceremony
  • Jun 30 Russian army occupies Danzig
  • Nov 8 Vincent la Chapelle, master cook to various nobility and royalty, forms Free Masons Lodge in Netherlands
  • Nov 17 John Zenger, arrested for libel against NY colonial governor; later acquitted
  • Dec 13 Britain and Russia sign trade agreement

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 John F E Acton, cruel premier of Naples
  • Jan 31 Robert Morris, English-born merchant and American founding father (signed US Declaration of Independence), born in Liverpool, Enhland (d. 1784)
  • Mar 1 Pieter Valck[x], South Netherland sculptor
  • Mar 19 Thomas McKean, US attorney (signed US Declaration of Independence) [or Apr 19]
  • Apr 17 Taksin, King of Siam (1767-82), born in Ayutthaya, Thailand (d. 1782)
  • May 23 Franz Anton Mesmer, Austrian physician and hypnotist (Mesmerism), born in Iznang, Germany (d. 1815)
  • Oct 7 Ralph Abercromby, English army commander (Dutch Guyana)
  • Oct 14 Francis Lightfoot Lee, American advocate for independence (signed US Declaration of Independence), born in Stratford Hall Plantation, Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony (d. 1797)
  • Oct 17 Grigori G. Orlov, Russian guard officer and favorite of Catherine II

Person of interestDaniel Boone

Nov 2 Daniel Boone, American frontiersman and explorer (US Hall of Fame 1915), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1820)

Frontiersman and Explorer Daniel Boone
Frontiersman and Explorer
Daniel Boone
  • Dec 17 William Floyd, American soldier who signed the US Declaration of Independence, born in Brookhaven, Province of New York (d. 1821)
  • Dec 17 Maria I of Portugal, Queen of Portugal and the Algarves, born in Ribeira Palace, Lisbon, Kingdom of Portugal (d. 1816)

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 16 Jurist William Allen (29) weds Margaret Hamilton

Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen
Mayor of Philadelphia
William Allen
  • Mar 25 William IV, Prince of Orange-Nassau marries princess Anne of Great Britain, eldest daughter of King George II at St James' Palace

Deaths in History

  • Jan 6 John Dennis, English dramatist whose thunder was stolen (b. 1657)
  • Feb 1 John Floyer, English physician & writer, dies at 84
  • Mar 1 Roger North, English biographer, dies at 82
  • Mar 12 Antonius Schultingh [Schultingius], Dutch lawyer, dies at 74
  • Mar 21 Robert Wodrow, Scottish historian (b. 1679)
  • Apr 4 Johann C van Erckel, old Catholic theologist, dies at about 79
  • May 4 James Thornhill, English painter
  • May 24 Georg Ernst Stahl, German physician and chemist (b. 1660)
  • Jun 17 Duke of Berwick, French general strategist, dies in battle
  • Jun 17 Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars, Marshal of France, dies at 81
  • Jul 22 Peter King, 1st Baron King, Lord Chancellor of England
  • Nov 14 Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth, French mistress of British king Charles II, dies at 85
  • Dec 14 Noel-Nicolas Coypel, French painter & cartoonist, dies at 44

Person of interestRob Roy

Dec 28 Rob Roy, Scottish folk hero and outlaw, dies at 63

Folk Hero and Outlaw Rob Roy
Folk Hero and Outlaw
Rob Roy