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Date Event
Jan 1
William Clowes, English printer (d. 1847) 
Jan 5
Stephen Decatur, US, naval hero (War of 1812) 
Jan 5
Zebulon Montgomery Pike, explorer (Pike's Peak) 
Jan 8
John White, composer 
Jan 15
Jean Coralli, Paris, ballet producer/choreographer 
Jan 18
Peter Roget, thesaurus fame/inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard) 
Jan 22
Stefano Pavesi, composer 
Jan 24
Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden), Russian tsarina (d. 1826) 
Feb 20
Augustus Callcott, landscape painter, Kensington 
Feb 21
Friedrich C von Savigny, German lawyer 
Feb 22
Joachim Nicolas Eggert, composer 
Feb 27
Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (d. 1842) 
Mar 1
Jacob Gottfried Weber, composer 
Mar 2
Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist (d. 1851) 
Mar 6
Philipp Roth, composer 
Mar 13
Oliver Shaw, composer 
Mar 15
William Lamb, (Whig) Viscount Melbourne, British PM (1834, 1835-41) 
Mar 15
Lord Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, (d. 1848) 
Mar 21
Alexis Garaude, composer 
Mar 28
Angelo Maria Benincori, composer 
Apr 11
Louise Reichardt, composer 
Apr 21
William Knyvett, composer 
May 2
John Galt, Scotland, novelist (Ayrshire Legatees, Lawrie Todd) 
May 25
Henry M Baron de Kock, Dutch officer/politician 
May 28
Thomas Moore, Irish poet (d. 1852) 
May 28
Thomas Moore, Gettysburg 
Jul 10
Alois Basil Nikolaus Tomasini, composer 
Jul 15
Clement Clarke Moore, US, author ('Twas the Night Before Xmas) 
Jul 15
Clement Moore, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas 
Jul 20
Ignaz Schuster, composer 
Jul 21
Gottlob Wiedebein, composer 
Aug 1
Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, poet and composer pf the lyrics to the "Star-Spangled Banner" 
Aug 1
Lorenz Oken, German naturalist (d. 1851) 
Aug 1
Francis Scott Key, The Dark Knight Rises 
Aug 7
Carl Ritter, cofounder of modern science of geography 
Aug 7
Louis de Freycinet, French explorer (d. 1842) 
Aug 17
Franz de Paula Roser, composer 
Aug 20
Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist (d. 1848) 
Aug 22
James Kirke Paulding, American author (d. 1860) 
Aug 30
Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen, Estonia, Russian Explorer who discovered the continent of Antarctica 
Sep 8
Johann Philipp Samuel Schmidt, composer 
Sep 8
Mustafa IV, sultan of Turkey (1807-08) 
Sep 10
Louis Alexandre Piccinni, composer 
Sep 18
Joseph Story, Mass, 19th Supreme Court justice (1812-45) 
Oct 10
Antoine PFGdV Celles, Belgium/Dutch/French MP 
Nov 4
John W Pieneman, historical painter (Battle at Waterloo) 
Nov 5
Washington Allston, US painter/author 
Nov 6
Michal Bogdanowicz, composer 
Nov 14
Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger, Danish poet (d. 1850) 
Nov 14
Adam Oehlenschläger, Aladdin eller den forunderlige lampe 
Nov 27
Aimé, duc de Clermont-Tonnerre, French general (d. 1865) 
Dec 1
Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, composer 
Dec 12
Madeleine Sophie Barat, French saint (d. 1865) 
Dec 14
Mariano Rodriguiz de Ledesma, composer 
Dec 18
Joseph Grimaldi, England, pantomimist ("greatest clown in history") 
Dec 19
Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, Paris France, engraver 
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