January 1799 in History

Events in History

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

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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 6 Jedediah Strong Smith, US fur trader/explorer
  • Jan 7 Daniel Tyler, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1882)
  • Jan 22 Ludger Duvernay, Canadian printer and publisher (d. 1852)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 6 W G Frederik, prince of Orange/general, dies at 25
  • Jan 9 Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian scientist (b. 1718)
  • Jan 22 Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist/alpinist, dies at 58
  • Jan 26 Gabriel Christie, British general (b. 1722)