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31 Maart - Joseph Haydn, Oostenrijks componist.
23 December - Richard Arkwright, uitvinder van het geautomatiseerde
spinnewiel, te Preston, Verenigd Koninkrijk.


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February 23 - First performance of Handel's Oratorio, in London.
December 7 - The original Covent Garden Theatre Royal (now the Royal Opera
House) is opened.
Genoa regains Corsica.
139 members of the Paris Parlement are exiled by order of the King, but are
eventually triumphant over the Crown, and secure their recall in December.
Cobalt discovered.

January 24 - Pierre Caron de Beaumarchais, French writer (died 1799).
February 22 - George Washington, later 1st President of the United States (died 1799).
March 31 - Joseph Haydn, composer (died 1809).
October 6 - Nevil Maskelyne, English Astronomer Royal (died 1811).
December 6 - Warren Hastings, British administrator (died 1818).
December 23 - Richard Arkwright, English inventor (died 1792).
Abbas III, Shah of Persia 1732-36.
Jacques Necker, French politician (died 1804).
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French painter (died 1806).

December 4 - John Gay, English poet and dramatist (born 1685).
Emperor Reigen of Japan.

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