1795 – The Batavian Republic is proclaimed in the Netherlands bringing to an end the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands.
1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
1798 – Auguste Comte, French philosopher (d. 1857)
1813 – Henry Bessemer, English engineer and businessman (d. 1898)
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