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1776-08-02 Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people (date most accepted by modern historians)
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Engrossed copy of the United States Declaration of Independence
Engrossed copy of the United States Declaration of Independence

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1902-12-12 German historian Theodor Mommsen is awarded the Nobel prize for Literature for "his historical writing with special reference to his monumental work, "A History of Rome"

Historian Theodor Mommsen
Historian
Theodor Mommsen
  • 1963-09-06 Historian Lee Allen says Indians-Senators game is 100,000th in Major League baseball history

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974-02-13 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is deported from the Soviet Union to Frankfurt, West Germany and stripped of his Soviet citizenship

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 1981-05-09 Kazimiroff Blvd in Bronx named for a Bronx historian
  • 2007-06-12 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his humanitarian work by President Putin

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 556

  • 0994-11-07 Muhammad ibn Hazm, Andalusian historian, jurist and author of Islamic Spain, born in Córdoba, Caliphate of Córdoba (d. 1064)
  • 1075-02-16 Ordericus Vitalis, French monk/historian/poet
  • 1083-12-01 Anna Comnena, Byzantine historian (d. 1153)
  • 1155-05-17 Jien, Japanese poet and historian, born in Kyoto (d. 1225)

Person of interestIbn Khaldūn

1332-05-27 Ibn Khaldūn, North African Islamic scholar, philosopher and historian (Muqaddimah), born in Tunis (d. 1406)

Islamic Scholar, Philosopher and Historian Ibn Khaldūn
Islamic Scholar, Philosopher and Historian
Ibn Khaldūn
  • 1440-02-13 Hartmann Schedel, German physician, humanist and historian, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1514)
  • 1503-03-19 Benedetto Varchi, Italian humanist/historian (Storia Fiorentina)
  • 1505-02-05 Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (d. 1572)
  • 1511-07-01 Hadrianus Junius [Adriaen de Jonghe], Dutch physician, historian and humanist, born in Hoorn, Netherlands (d. 1575)
  • 1516-04-23 Georg Fabricius, German poet, historian and archaeologist, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1571)
  • 1518-12-21 Mark van Vaernewijck, Habsburg historian, born in Ghent, County of Flanders, Habsburg Netherlands (d. 1569)
  • 1519-05-27 Girolamo Mei, Italian historian and editor of Greek texts, born in Florence (d. 1594)
  • 1521-08-19 Lodovico Guicciardini, Italian historian (Descrittione di Tutti), born in Florence (d. 1589)
  • 1526-08-20 Peter Opmeer, Dutch church historian and humanist (Historia Martyrum) (d. 1595)
  • 1530-07-03 Claude Fauchet, French historian, born in Paris (d. 1601)
  • 1535-09-06 Emanuel van Meteren, Flemish merchant and historian, born in Antwerp (d. 1612)
  • 1538-10-31 Caesar Baronius, Italian cardinal and historian, born in Sora, Italy (d. 1607)
  • 1546-02-14 Johann Pistorius, German theologist & historian, born in Nidda, Germany (d. 1608)
  • 1547-10-18 Justus Lipsius, [Joost Lips], Dutch classic philologist/historian
  • 1547-12-05 Ubbo Emmius [van Embden], Dutch-Frisian humanist and historian, born in Greetsiel, East Frisia (d. 1625)
  • 1548-12-23 Pieter C Bockenberg, historian (Annales Hollandiae et Zeelandiae)
  • 1551-05-02 William Camden, English historian (Brittania, Annales), born in London (d. 1623)
  • 1552-08-14 Paolo Sarpi, Italian church historian and statesman, born in Venice (d. 1623)
  • 1555-12-04 Heinrich Meibom, German historian and poet, born in Barntrup, Germany (d. 1625)
  • 1558-08-19 Paulus Merula, Dutch lawyer and historian (Historia Belgica), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1607)
  • 1571-01-21 John I Pontanus, physicist/historian (Amsterdam)
  • 1576-01-12 Peter Scriverius, Dutch lawyer/historian
  • 1579-02-09 John Meursius, [van Meurs], Dutch historian
  • 1581-03-16 Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, Dutch historian and writer (d. 1647)
  • 1588-11-27 Valerius Andreas , Flemish historian, born in Dessel, North Brabant (d. 1655)
  • 1590-03-18 Manuel de Faria e Sousa, Portuguese historian and poet (d. 1649)
  • 1596-08-18 Jean Bolland, Flemish Jesuit writer and historian (Acta Sanctorum), born in Tirlemont, Netherlands (d. 1665)
  • 1596-09-28 Vredius [Olivier de Wree], Flemish historian and mayor of Brugge, born in Brugge, Belgium (d. 1652)
  • 1600-11-19 Lieuwe van Aitzema, Dutch historian (Matters of State & War), born in Dokkum, Friesland, Netherlands (d. 1669)
  • 1606-11-20 Abraham de Wicquefort, Dutch diplomat and historian (d. 1682)
  • 1608-06-19 Thomas Fuller, British scholar, preacher and historian (History of the Worthies of Britain), born in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire (d. 1661)
  • 1610-03-01 Johann B. Schup, [Schuppius], German poet and historian
  • 1612-09-25 Mark Zuesius Boxhorn, Dutch historian, born in Bergen-op-Zoom, The Netherlands (d. 1653)
  • 1619-06-07 Paulus Voet, Dutch jurist and historian, born in Heusden, Netherlands (d. 1667)
  • 1619-10-08 Philipp von Zesen, German poet and historian (Bescheibung of Amsterdam), born in Dessau, Germany (d. 1689)
  • 1626-07-25 Gerard Brandt, Dutch theologist, poet and historian, born in Amsterdam (d. 1685)
  • 1626-10-17 Simon van Leeuwen, lawyer/historian (Roman-Holland regt)
  • 1628-03-17 Daniel van Papenbroeck, [Papebrochius], Flemish historian
  • 1635-12-18 Antonius Matthaeus, Dutch lawyer/historian
  • 1637-11-30 Louis-Sébastien Le Nain de Tillemont, French ecclesiastical historian, born in Paris (d. 1698)
  • 1639-01-19 Noel Alexandre, French theologian/historian
  • 1640-12-06 Claude Fleury, French priest and historian, born in Paris (d. 1723)
  • 1641-05-28 Johann Weikhard von Valvasor, Slovenian polymath and natural historian, born in Laibach, Carniola (d. 1693)
  • 1642-08-21 Johann Friedrich Treiber, German historian and composer, born in Osthausen, Arnstadt, Germany (d. 1719)
  • 1643-11-01 John Strype, English historian and biographer, born in Houndsditch, London (d. 1737)
  • 1644-09-14 Gisbert Cuper, Dutch classicist and historian, born in Hemmen, Gelderland, Netherlands (d. 1716)
  • 1649-02-08 Gabriel Daniel, French Jesuit historian (d. 1728)
  • 1652-01-07 Pavao Vitezovic, Croatia, writer/historian
  • 1653-08-08 Jacques Basnage, French/Neth historian/vicar
  • 1654-05-11 Cornelis van Alkemade, Dutch historian
  • 1660-11-15 Hermann von der Hardt, German historian, born in Melle, Westphalia (d. 1746)
  • 1661-01-30 Charles Rollin, French historian, born in Paris (d. 1741)
  • 1661-03-25 Paul de Rapin, French historian (d. 1725)
  • 1661-05-25 Claude Buffier, French philosopher and historian, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1737)
  • 1662-08-05 James Anderson, Scottish historian, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1728)
  • 1665-07-02 Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian, born in St Mabon, Cornwall, England (d. 1726)
  • 1666-09-05 Gottfried Arnold, German theologist, historian and songwriter, born in Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany (d. 1714)
  • 1668-06-23 Giambattista Vico, Italian philosopher and historian (d. 1744)
  • 1673-10-26 Dimitrie Cantemir, Romanian historian and Monarch of Moldova (1710-11), born in Dimitrie Cantemir, Vaslui, Romania (d. 1723)
  • 1676-07-14 Caspar Abel, German theologian, historian, and poet (d. 1763)
  • 1678-12-14 Daniel Neal, English historian, born in London (d. 1743)
  • 1682-10-29 Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French Jesuit prince and historian, born in Saint-Quentin, Picardy, Kingdom of France (d. 1761)
  • 1683-01-17 Gerard van Loon, Dutch historian
  • 1685-02-08 Charles-Jean-François Hénault, French historian (d. 1770)
  • 1686-01-17 Archibald Bower, Scottish historian (d. 1766)
  • 1687-03-07 Jean Lebeuf, French historian, born in Auxerre, France (d. 1760)
  • 1687-09-17 Durastante Natalucci, Italian historian (specialized in history of Trevi, in Umbria), born in Picicche di Trevi, Italy (d. 1772)
  • 1689-12-24 Frans van Mieris the Younger, Dutch painter & historian, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1763)
  • 1695-04-10 Balthazar Huydecoper, Dutch translator and historian, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1778)
  • 1695-04-12 Caspar Burman, Dutch historian and Mayor of Utrecht, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1755)
  • 1701-01-27 Johann N von Hontheim, German church historian/suffragan (bishop)
  • 1701-02-14 Enrique Florez, Spanish historian, born in Valladolid, Spain (d. 1773)
  • 1701-10-18 Charles le Beau, French historian (d. 1778)
  • 1705-11-23 Thomas Birch, English historian (d. 1766)
  • 1706-05-17 Andreas Felix von Oefele, German historian and librarian, born in Munich (d. 1780)
  • 1709-10-25 Jan Wagenaar, Dutch merchant and historian, born in Amsterdam (d. 1773)

Person of interestDavid Hume

1711-04-26 David Hume, Scottish philosopher and historian (A Treatise of Human Nature), born in Edinburgh, Scotland [NS 7 May] (d. 1776)

Philosopher David Hume
Philosopher
David Hume
  • 1714-02-22 Louis-Georges de Bréquigny, French historian (d. 1795)
  • 1714-03-27 Francesco Antonio Zaccaria, Italian theologian and historian, born in Venice (d. 1795)
  • 1719-01-03 Francisco José Freire, Portuguese historian (d. 1773)
  • 1720-08-11 Martin Gerbert, German composer, music historian and abbot, born in Horb am Neckar (d. 1793)
  • 1722-07-22 Jean-Noel/Joannes Natalis Paquot, Belgian priest/historian
  • 1723-02-21 Louis-Pierre Anquetil, French historian (d. 1808)
  • 1723-06-20 Adam Ferguson, Scottish sociologist and historian, born in Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland (d. 1816)
  • 1723-07-01 Pedro Rodríguez de Campomanes y Pérez, 1st Count of Campomanes, Spanish economist and literary, born in Tineo, Asturias, Kingdom of Spain (d. 1803)
  • 1723-07-11 Jean-François Marmontel, French historian and writer, born in Bort-les-Orgues, France (d. 1799)
  • 1725-12-18 Johann Salomo Semler, German historian and Bible commentator (d. 1791)
  • 1726-04-12 Charles Burney, English music historian, born in Shrewsbury, England (d. 1814)
  • 1735-02-09 Adriaan Kluit, Dutch historian
  • 1736-09-15 Jean-Sylvain Bailly, French astronomer noted for his computation of an orbit for Halley’s Comet (1759) and author of History of Ancient Astronomy from Its Origin to the Establishment of the School of Alexandria, born in Paris (d. 1793)

Person of interestEdward Gibbon

1737-05-08 Edward Gibbon, English historian (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire), born in Putney, England (d. 1794)

Historian Edward Gibbon
Historian
Edward Gibbon
  • 1739-09-13 Giuseppe Sigismondo, Italian historian and composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1826)
  • 1746-08-07 Daniel Albert Wyttenbach, German-Swiss classical scholar and historian, born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1820)
  • 1749-01-19 Isaiah Thomas, American printer/editor/publisher/historian
  • 1758-02-17 John Pinkerton, Scottish historian

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1826-10-17 Historian Thomas Carlyle (30) weds Jane Welsh (25)

Historian and Essayist Thomas Carlyle
Historian and Essayist
Thomas Carlyle

LoveWedding of Interest

1913-10-31 Historian and philosopher Will Durant (27) weds researcher Ariel Kaufman (15) at New York's City Hall

Historian Will Durant
Historian
Will Durant
  • 1980-11-27 British playwright (Nobel prize for literature 2005) Harold Pinter (50) marries 2nd wife British writer and historian Antonia Frazer (48)

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 540

  • 0735-05-26 Bede (Beda Venerabilis), English historian and monk, (b. circa 672 or 673)
  • 0923-02-16 Abu Dja'far Mohammed Djarir al-Tabari, islamic historian, dies at 83
  • 1064-08-15 Muhammad ibn Hazm, Andalusian historian, jurist and author of Islamic Spain, dies at 69
  • 1072-09-22 Ouyang Xiu, Chinese historian and scholar-official (b. 1007)
  • 1103-01-17 Frutolf, German monk/musicologist/historian, dies
  • 1130-01-07 Baldricus Burgoliensis, French historian/archbishop, dies at about 83
  • 1151-01-13 Abbot Suger, French abbot who built St Denis, statesman and historian (b. 1081)
  • 1225-10-28 Jien, Japanese poet and historian, dies at 70
  • 1241-09-23 Snorri Sturluson, Icelandic historian, poet, and politician (b. 1178)
  • 1390-01-12 Peter van Herenthals, Dutch theologist/church historian, dies at 67

Person of interestIbn Khaldūn

1406-03-19 Ibn Khaldūn, North African Islamic scholar, philosopher and historian (Muqaddimah), dies at 73

Islamic Scholar, Philosopher and Historian Ibn Khaldūn
Islamic Scholar, Philosopher and Historian
Ibn Khaldūn
  • 1418-03-22 Dietrich of Nieheim, German historian
  • 1464-01-08 Thomas Ebendorfer, Austrian historian (b. 1385)
  • 1491-12-03 Thomas Basin, French historian/bishop of Lisieux, dies
  • 1507-08-23 Jean Molinet, Burgundy historian (Chroniques), dies at about 72
  • 1514-11-28 Hartmann Skull, German physician/historian (Skull's Liederbuch), dies
  • 1540-05-22 Francesco Guicciardini, Italian historian/President of Romagna, dies at 57
  • 1556-10-31 John Sleidanus, German humanist/historian (Commentary), dies at 50
  • 1561-10-21 Johannes Vasaeus, Flemish humanist/historian, dies at about 49
  • 1565-12-18 Benedetto Varchi, Italian humanist/historian (L'Ercolano), dies at 62
  • 1566-07-31 Bartholome de Casas, Spanish historian/bishop of Chiapa, dies at 92
  • 1570-10-20 João de Barros, Portuguese historian (b. 1496)
  • 1571-07-17 Georg Fabricius, German poet, historian and archaeologist, dies at 55
  • 1572-02-28 Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (b. 1505)
  • 1575-06-16 Hadrianus Junius [Adriaen de Jonghe], Dutch physician, historian and humanist, dies at 63
  • 1580-08-20 Jeronymo Osorio, Portuguese historian (b. 1506)
  • 1580-11-03 Jeronimo Zurita y Castro, Spanish historian (b. 1512)
  • 1582-09-28 George Buchanan, Scottish historian (b. 1506)
  • 1586-03-20 Richard Maitland, Scottish statesman and historian (b. 1496)
  • 1589-03-22 Lodovico Guicciardini, Italian historian (Descrittione di Tutti), dies at 67
  • 1595-11-08 Peter Opmeer, church historian and humanist (Historia Martyrum), dies at 69
  • 1602-02-25 Everard van Reyd, Dutch historian, dies at about 51
  • 1605-04-06 John Stow, English historian (Survey of London), dies
  • 1607-06-30 Caesar Baronius, Italian cardinal and historian, dies at 68
  • 1607-07-20 Paulus Merula, Dutch lawyer and historian (Historia Belgica), dies at 48
  • 1612-04-18 Emanuel Van Meteren, Flemish merchant & historian, dies at 76
  • 1614-07-15 Pierre de Bourdeille, seigneur de Brantôme, French historian and biographer (b. c.1540)
  • 1616-12-10 Diogo do Couto, Portuguese historian/archivist of Goa, dies at 74
  • 1617-01-17 Pieter C Bockenberg, Dutch historian, dies at 68

BattleWalter Raleigh

1618-10-29 Walter Raleigh, English scholar, poet, historian and explorer, beheaded for treason at about 64

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Explorer
Walter Raleigh
  • 1623-01-14 Paolo Sarpi, Italian church historian and politician, dies at 70
  • 1623-11-09 William Camden, English historian (Brittania, Annales), dies at 72
  • 1624-02-17 Juan de Mariana, Spanish historian (b. 1536)
  • 1625-03-29 Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas, Spanish historian (b. 1549)
  • 1625-09-06 Thomas Dempster, Scottish historian (b. 1579)
  • 1625-09-20 Heinrich Meibom, German historian and poet, dies at 69
  • 1625-12-09 Ubbo Emmius [van Embden], Dutch-Frisian humanist and historian, dies at 78
  • 1627-06-27 John Hayward, English historian
  • 1635-03-03 Philips de l'Espinoy, historian/mayor of Ghent, dies
  • 1635-03-19 Pieter Christiaensz Bor, Dutch historian, dies
  • 1639-08-20 Martin Opitz, German poet/historian (Troerinnen), dies at 41
  • 1639-09-20 John Meursius, [van Meurs], historian, dies at 60
  • 1639-10-07 John I Pontanus, physicist/historian (Amsterdam), dies at 68
  • 1639-11-26 John Spottiswoode, Scottish historian (b. 1565)
  • 1640-05-30 Andre Duchesne, French historian/genealogy, dies
  • 1646-03-20 Matthew Vossius, historian (Annales Holland Zelandiaeque), dies at 35
  • 1649-06-03 Manuel de Faria e Sousa, Portuguese historian and poet (b. 1590)
  • 1650-10-29 David Calderwood, Scottish historian (b. 1575)
  • 1650-11-13 Thomas May, English poet and historian (b. 1595)
  • 1652-03-21 Vredius [Olivier de Wree], Flemish historian and mayor of Brugge, dies at 55
  • 1653-10-03 Mark Zuesius Boxhorn, Dutch historian, dies at 41
  • 1655-03-29 Valerius Andreas, Flemish historian, dies at 66
  • 1660-04-30 Peter Scriverius, Dutch lawyer/historian, dies at 84
  • 1660-05-29 Peter Scriverius, lawyer/historian, dies at 44
  • 1661-08-16 Thomas Fuller, British scholar, preacher and historian (History of the Worthies of Britain), dies of typhus fever at 53
  • 1661-10-26 Johann B Schup, [Schuppius], German poet/historian/vicar, dies
  • 1665-09-12 Jean Bolland, Flemish Jesuit writer and historian (Acta Sanctorum), dies at 69
  • 1667-08-01 Paul Foot, lawyer/historian, dies at 48
  • 1669-02-23 Lieuwe van Aitzema, Dutch historian (Matters of State & War), dies at 68
  • 1670-11-10 Geory Horn, [Hornius], theologist/historian, dies at about 50
  • 1676-03-21 Henri Sauval, French historian (b. 1623)
  • 1682-01-13 Simon van Leeuwen, Dutch lawyer/historian, dies at 55
  • 1682-02-23 Abraham de Wicquefort, Dutch diplomat and historian, dies at 75
  • 1683-07-10 François-Eudes de Mézeray, French historian (b. 1610)
  • 1685-05-28 Pieter de la Court, economist/historian, dies at about 67
  • 1685-10-12 Geeraerdt Burns, theologist/poet/historian, dies at 59
  • 1685-10-12 Gerard Brandt, Dutch theologist, poet and historian, dies at 59
  • 1686-08-13 Louis Maimbourg, French-born historian (b. 1610)
  • 1689-11-13 Philipp von Zesen, German poet and historian (Bescheibung of Amsterdam), dies at 70
  • 1689-12-29 Olfert Dapper, Amsterdam historian/geographer, buried
  • 1693-09-19 Johann Weikhard von Valvasor, Slovenian polymath and natural historian, dies at 52
  • 1694-11-08 Ulrik Huber, Frisian lawyer/law historian/polemist, dies at 58
  • 1697-01-01 Filippo Baldinucci, Florentine biographer & art historian, dies at 71
  • 1698-01-10 Louis-Sébastien Le Nain de Tillemont, French ecclesiastical historian, dies at 60
  • 1710-06-25 Antonius Matthaeus, Dutch lawyer/historian, dies at 74
  • 1713-01-20 Pavao Vitezovic, Croatian historian, dies
  • 1713-12-14 Thomas Rymer, English historian, dies at 72
  • 1714-06-28 Daniel van Papenbroeck, Flemish jesuit/historian, dies at 86
  • 1716-11-28 Gisbert Cuper, Dutch classicist and historian, dies at 72
  • 1719-04-15 Johann Friedrich Treiber, German historian & composer, dies at 76
  • 1719-04-21 Philippe de la Hire, French mathematician and historian (b. 1640)
  • 1722-04-21 Robert Beverley, Jr., historian of Colonial Virginia (b. 1673)
  • 1723-07-14 Claude Fleury, French priest and historian, dies at 82
  • 1723-08-21 Dimitrie Cantemir, Romanian historian and Monarch of Moldova (1710-11), dies at 49
  • 1723-12-22 Jacques Basnage, French/Dutch historian/vicar, dies at 70
  • 1726-04-26 Jeremy Collier, English bishop & theatre critic, dies at 75
  • 1726-12-02 Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian, dies at 61
  • 1732-02-13 Charles-René d'Hozier, French historian (b. 1640)
  • 1734-03-21 Robert Wodrow, Scottish historian (b. 1679)
  • 1737-05-12 Cornelis van Alkemade, Dutch historian, dies at 83