Happy Birthday, Adam Smith!

Born June 5, 1723, Kirkcaldy, Scotland: Died Edinburgh July 17, 1790, age 67. Of course few things are quite that simple.  June 5 was the date his baptism was recorded at Kirkcaldy church, so his actual birthday was almost surely a bit earlier; but custom and...

Happy Birthday, Adam Smith!

Adam Smith’s 294th birthday. An alternate calendar convention puts his birthday on June 16, 1723; the difference has to do with whether you do (June 16) or do not (June 5) adjust his birthday to reconcile it with the adoption of the Gregorian (Continental)...

Adam Smith on the Colonists’ Victory

Adam Smith was living in Edinburgh in October 1777 when a distraught friend brought news of the surrender of British General Burgoyne at Saratoga, exclaiming in the deepest distress that the British Empire was ruined. “There is much ruin in a nation,”...

Happy Birthday, Adam Smith!

Today is Adam Smith’s birthday: 1723, so he would be 292 today. Well, at least we think so. His birth was registered at the church in Kirkcaldy, Scotland (just across the Firth of Forth north of Edinburgh, not 10 miles as the crow flies) on 5 June 1723, so...
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