What Happened in January 1794

Historical Events

  • Jan 11 Robert Forsythe, a U.S. Marshal is killed in Augusta, Georgia when trying to serve court papers, the first US marshal to die while carrying out his duties.
  • Jan 13 Congress changes US flag to 15 stars & 15 stripes
  • Jan 14 Dr Jessee Bennet of Edom, Va, performs 1st successful Cesarean section operation in the US on his wife

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 6 Kaspar Masek, composer
  • Jan 25 François-Vincent Raspail, French chemist (d. 1878)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 8 Justus Möser, German statesman (b. 1720)
  • Jan 10 Georg Forster, German writer, naturalist (A Voyage Round the World) and revolutionary, dies at 39

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 16 Edward Gibbon, English historian (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire), dies in London at 56

Historian Edward Gibbon
Edward Gibbon
  • Jan 31 Marriott Arbuthnot, British admiral (b. 1711)