January 1797 in History

Events in History

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

Birthdays in History

  • 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)

Deaths in History

  • 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