1696 in history

Top 7 most famous people born in 1696

Mar 5 Giovanni Battista Tiepolo an Italian painter and printmaker from the Republic of Venice. He was prolific, and worked not only in Italy, but also in Germany and Spain
Aug 2 Mahmud I the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1730 to 1754.
Aug 12 Maurice Greene (composer) an English composer and organist.
Sep 27 Alphonsus Maria de' Liguori C.Ss.R. was an Italian Catholic bishop, spiritual writer, scholastic philosopher and theologian
Oct 17 Augustus III of Poland King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1734 until 1763, as well as Elector of Saxony in the Holy Roman Empire from 1733 until 1763 where he was known as Frederick Augustus II.
Oct 28 Maurice de Saxe a Saxon soldier in French service who became a Marshal and later also Marshal General of France.
Dec 22 James Oglethorpe a British general, Member of Parliament, philanthropist, and founder of the colony of Georgia. As a social reformer, he hoped to resettle Britain's poor, especially those in debtors' prisons, in the New World

Top 7 most famous people died in 1696

Feb 8 Ivan V of Russia a joint Tsar of Russia who co-reigned between 1682 and 1696. He was the youngest son of Alexis I of Russia and Maria Miloslavskaya. His reign was only formal, since he had serious physical and mental disabilities. He sat still for hours at a time and needed assistance in order to walk
Apr 17 Marie de Rabutin-Chantal marquise de Sévigné a French aristocrat, remembered for her letter-writing. Most of her letters, celebrated for their wit and vividness, were addressed to her daughter. She is revered in France as one of the great icons of French literature
May 11 Jean de La Bruyère a French philosopher and moralist.
May 16 Mariana of Austria Queen consort of Spain as the second wife of King Philip IV, who was also her maternal uncle. At the death of her husband in 1665, Queen Mariana became regent for her son Charles II, the last Spanish Habsburg, and she remained an influential figure during his reign
Jun 17 John III Sobieski one of the most notable monarchs of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Nov 26 Gregório de Matos the most famous Colonial Brazilian Baroque poet. Although he wrote many lyrical and religious poems, he was more well known by his satirical ones, most of them frontally criticizing the Catholic Church, rendering him the nickname "Boca do Inferno"
Dec 4 Empress Meishō the 109th Imperial ruler of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.