What Happened in January 1797

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Albany replaces NYC as capital of NY
  • Jan 7 The modern Italian flag is first used.
  • Jan 15 1st top hat worn (John Etherington of London)
  • Jan 26 Russia, Prussia & Austria sign treaty
  • Jan 30 US Congress refuses to accept 1st petition from African American

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 4 Wilhelm Beer, Germany, amateur astronomer (constructed 1st Moon map)
  • Jan 10 Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German writer (d. 1848)
  • Jan 12 Gideon Brecher, Austrian physician (d. 1873)
  • Jan 22 Maria Leopoldina of Austria, Empress of Brazil (d. 1826)
  • Jan 30 Edwin Vose Sumner, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)

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Jan 31 Franz Peter Schubert, Lichtenthal Austria, composer (Unfinished Symphony)

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 11 Francis Lightfoot Lee, American advocate for independence (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
  • Jan 13 Elisabeth C von Brunswick-Bevern, wife of Frederick II, dies at 81
  • Jan 30 Johann Abraham Sixt, composer, dies at 40