January 1785 in History

Events in History

  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Statesman John Hancock
John Hancock

Birthdays in History

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Deaths in History

  • 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)