What Happened in January 1775

Historical Events

  • Jan 11 Francis Salvador becomes 1st Jew elected to office in America (SC)
  • Jan 17 9 old women burnt as witches for causing bad harvests, Kalisk, Pol
  • Jan 17 R B Sheridan's "The Rivals" premieres in London
  • Jan 22 Marshal Oscar von Lubomirski expels Jews from Warsaw Poland
  • Jan 25 Americans drag cannon up hill to fight British (Gun Hill Road, Bronx)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 20 André-Marie Ampère, French physicist (d. 1836)
  • Jan 21 Manuel Garcia, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 27 Friedrich von Schelling, Germany, philosopher (Views on Christianity)

  • Jan 27 Manuel del Popolo Vicente Rodriguez Garcia, Spanish tenor/composer
  • Jan 30 Walter Savage Landor, Warwick, critic/writer (Imaginary Conversation)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 8 John Baskerville, English printer/type designer, dies at 68
  • Jan 10 Jemeljan Pugatshov, Russian kosak leader/"Tsar Peter III", dies
  • Jan 11 Yemelyan Pugachov, Don Cossack rebel, executed by tsarist Russia
  • Jan 11 Prithvi Narayan Shah, began the unification of modern Nepal (b. 1723)
  • Jan 15 Giovanni Battista Sammartini, composer, dies