May 30th 1778: Voltaire dies
On this day in 1778, the French Enlightenment writer and philosopher Voltaire died in Paris aged 83. His full name was François-Marie Arouet, and he was born in Paris in November 1694. He is best known for his writings promoting civil liberties and his overall writings amount to over 2000 books and pamphlets. His work influenced the thinkers of the American and French Revolutions.