What Happened in January 1789

Historical Events

  • Jan 21 1st American novel, WH Brown's "Power of Sympathy" is published
  • Jan 23 Georgetown, 1st US Catholic college, founded
  • Jan 26 John Odell signs contract for £336 to build St Peter's church (Bronx)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 3 Carl G Carus, German physician/psychologist/philosopher
  • Jan 4 Benjamin Lundy, philanthropist/abolitionist
  • Jan 17 August Neander, German theologian (d. 1850)
  • Jan 30 George Augustus Kollmann, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Christleib Siegmund Binder, composer, dies at 65
  • Jan 1 Fletcher Norton, 1st Baron Grantley, English politician (b. 1716)
  • Jan 2 Franz Joseph Leonti Meyer von Schavensee, composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 8 Jack Broughton, English boxer (bc. 1703)
  • Jan 10 Pierre Lyonet, Dutch zoologist/cryptologist, dies at 82
  • Jan 20 Johann Christoph Oley, composer, dies at 50
  • Jan 23 Frances Brooke, English writer (b. 1724)
  • Jan 23 John Cleland, English novelist (b. 1709)