Historical Events in January 1799

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Jan 9 British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger introduces income tax to raise funds for the war against Napoleon

British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger
British Prime Minister
William Pitt the Younger
French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Jan 10 Friedrich von Schiller's "Die Piccolomini" premieres in Weimar

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Jan 14 Eli Whitney receives government contract for 10,000 muskets

Inventor of the Cotton Gin Eli Whitney
Inventor of the Cotton Gin
Eli Whitney
  • Jan 14 King of Naples flees before advancing French armies
  • Jan 17 Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, was executed.
  • Jan 25 1st US patent for a seeding machine, Eliakim Spooner, Vermont