See: Wikipedia. Events: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is published, in France. January 16 - British capture Pondicherry, India from the French.
Births: February 17 - Nicolaas van den Houten. May 3 - August von Kotzebue - German Dramatist. July 2 - Cornelia Pieternella van de Spiegel. November 4 - Bertrand Andrieu - French engraver of medals. December 1 - Marie Tussaud - French Waxwork modeller. Christian Hendrik Persoon - Mycologist. Henry Shrapnel - British Army officer and inventor.