What Happened in January 1785

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 "Daily Universal Register" (Times of London) publishes 1st issue
  • Jan 7 1st balloon flight across English Channel (Jean Pierre Blanchard & John Jeffries)
  • Jan 11 Continental Congress convenes in NYC
  • Jan 13 John Walter publishes first issue of London Times

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Jan 14 Mozart completes "Dissonantenkwartet" (opus 10)

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • Jan 15 Mozart's string quartet opus 10 premieres
  • Jan 19 First manned balloon flight in Ireland
  • Jan 20 Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Is), no takers
  • Jan 27 1st US state university chartered, Athens, Georgia

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Jan 29 In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health

Statesman John Hancock
John Hancock

Famous Birthdays

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Jan 4 Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm, Germany, philologist and folklorist and editor of "Grimm's Fairy Tales" (d. 1863)

Author Jacob Grimm
Jacob Grimm
  • Jan 23 Carl A Agardh, Sweden, botanist/bishop of Karlstad

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (b. 1706)
  • Jan 6 Haym Salomon, dies in Philadelphia at 44, helped finance the revolution
  • Jan 19 Jonathan Toup, English classical scholar and critic (b. 1713)
  • Jan 23 Matthew Stewart, Scottish mathematician (b. 1717)