What Happened in January 1761

Historical Events

  • Jan 7 Battle at Panipat India: Afghan army beats Mahratten
  • Jan 14 Third Battle of Panipat between the Marathas and Afghans is fought in India
  • Jan 16 The British capture Pondicherry, India, from the French.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 17 James Hall, Scotland, geologist
  • Jan 20 Giovanni Domenico Perotti, composer
  • Jan 23 Friedrich von Matthison, German poet (Adelaide)
  • Jan 29 Abraham AA "Albert" Gallatin, Switz, US minister of Finance (1801-14)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Willem de Fesch, Dutch violinist/composer (Joseph), dies at 73
  • Jan 4 Stephen Hales, English vicar/inventor (ventilator), dies at 83
  • Jan 10 Edward Boscawen, British admiral (b. 1711)