- George Friderich Handel becomes a British subject.
- Jonathan Swift publishes Gulliver's Travels.
- The city of Montevideo was established.
- Jacques-Donatien Le Ray -- a "Father of the American Revolution"
- April 5 - Benjamin Harrison V - Signer of the American Declaration of Independence
- June 3 - James Hutton, Scottish geologist
- September 1 - François-André Danican Philidor, French composer and chess player
- ???? - John HD Anderson, scientist