On This Day

1747 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 31 The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital, London

InventionScientific Discovery

Feb 14 Astronomer James Bradley presents his discovery of the wobbling motion of the Earth on its axis to the Royal Society, London

Astronomer James Bradley
James Bradley
  • Apr 17 French troops occupy Zeeuws-Flanders, Netherlands
  • Apr 25 Prince Willem V appointed viceroy of Zealand
  • May 3 Willem IV appointed viceroy of Holland/Utrecht
  • May 4 Willem IV appointed Viceroy of Overijssel
  • May 14 A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at first battle of Cape Finisterre.
  • May 16 Prince Willem V sworn in as admiral-general of Netherlands
  • Jul 1 Battle at Lafeld: France force beats British and Dutch army in Belgium during the Austrian War of Succession
  • Sep 16 French troops occupy Bergen on Zoom
  • Oct 25 British fleet under Admiral Sir Edward Hawke defeats the French at the second battle of Cape Finisterre
  • Nov 7 Organgist in Netherlands revolt under Daniel Raap
  • Nov 30 Dutch State of Zealand declare governorship hereditary for women
  • Dec 9 Great Britain & Netherlands sign military treaty

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 10 Abraham Louis-Breguet, French clock maker, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1823)
  • Jan 15 John Aikin, English doctor and writer, born in Kibworth Harcourt, United Kingdom (d. 1822)
  • Feb 3 Samuel Osgood, American patriot (d. 1813)

Person of interestCasimir Pulaski

Mar 6 Casimir Pulaski, Polish Military Leader (called the father of American cavalry), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1779)

Military Leader Casimir Pulaski
Military Leader
Casimir Pulaski
  • Apr 13 Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, born in Château de Saint Cloud, Saint-Cloud, France (d. 1793)

Person of interestLeopold II

May 5 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1765-90) and Holy Roman Emperor (1790-92), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1792)

Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II
Holy Roman Emperor
Leopold II
  • Jul 6 John Paul Jones, U.S. first well-known naval hero ("I have not yet begun to fight"), born in Arbigland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland (d. 1792)
  • Oct 8 Jean-François Rewbell, French lawyer and politician, born in Colmar, France (d. 1807)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 16 Barthold Heinrich Brockes, German poet (b. 1680)
  • Jan 19 Johann Bode, "discoverer" of Bode's Law, dies
  • Feb 1 Jacobus Capitein, Dutch Christian minister, dies at ~30
  • Mar 9 Jacob Campo Weyerman, Dutch painter and writer active during the Dutch Enlightenment, dies at 69
  • Mar 16 Christian Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, father of Catherine II of Russia (b. 1690)
  • Mar 23 Claude Alexandre de Bonneval, French soldier (b. 1675)
  • Apr 2 Johann J Dillenius, German botanist, dies at 63
  • Apr 3 Francesco Solimena, Italian painter, dies at 89
  • Apr 7 Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian field marshal, dies at 70
  • Apr 9 Simon Fraser, 12th baron Lovat Jacobite, last man beheaded in England
  • May 9 John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair, Scottish soldier & diplomat, dies at 73
  • May 28 Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, French writer, dies at 31
  • May 31 Andrei Osterman, Russian statesman (b. 1686)
  • Jun 19 Nader Shah, Iranian ruler (1736-47) and founder of Afsharid Dynasty of Persia, murdered at 58
  • Jul 16 Giuseppe Maria Crespi, painter/etcher, dies
  • Aug 8 Madeleine de Verchères, New France heroine (b. 1678)
  • Oct 9 David Brainerd, American missionary to the Native Americans, dies at 29
  • Oct 10 John Potter, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1674)
  • Nov 17 Alain-René Lesage, French author (Le diable boiteux), dies at 79
  • Dec 2 Vincent Bourne, English classical scholar (b. 1695)
  • Dec 11 Edmund Curll, English bookseller (b. ca. 1675)