On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1744

  • Jan 23 Giambattista Vico, Italian philosopher and historian (b. 1668)
  • Jan 26 Ludwig Andreas Graf Khevenhüller, Austrian field marshal, dies at 60
  • Feb 14 John Hadley, English mathematician and inventor (octant), dies at 61
  • Feb 29 John Theophilus Desaguliers, French-British natural philosopher and freemason, dies at 60
  • Mar 3 Jean Barbeyrac, French jurist
  • Mar 4 John Anstis, English Garter King of Arms, dies at 74

Anders Celsius

Apr 25 Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer (proposed the Celsius temperature scale), dies at 42

Alexander Pope

May 30 Alexander Pope, English poet (The Rape of the Lock), dies at 56

  • Jul 14 Immanuel J. Pyra, German poet (Temple of True Poetry), dies at 28
  • Aug 9 James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos, English patron of the arts (George Frideric Handel) (b. 1673)
  • Aug 13 John Cruger, Dutch-born Mayor of New York (b. 1678)
  • Oct 18 Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, close friend of Queen Anne of Great Britain, dies at 84
  • Dec 8 Marie-Anne de Mailly-Nesle, duchess de Châteauroux, French mistress of King Louis XV of France, dies at 28
  • Dec 23 Élisabeth Charlotte d'Orléans, Duchess of Lorraine, dies at 68