On This Day

What Happened in January 1638

Historical Events

  • Jan 3 Dutch Premier Van Joost speaks of "Hostage rights of Aemstel"
  • Jan 3 Schouwburg Theater, the 1st in Amsterdam, opens
  • Jan 5 Petition in Recife Brazil leads to closing of their 2 synagogues

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Antoinette du Ligier de la Guard Deshoulieres, French poet/playwright
  • Jan 1 Emperor Go-Sai of Japan (d. 1685)
  • Jan 11 Nicolas Steno, Danish scientist prominent in anatomy and geology, and later Catholic priest, bishop, and candidate for sainthood, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1686)
  • Jan 12 Ernst R Tarhemberg, Austrian fieldmarshal (Turkish Wars)
  • Jan 24 Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet (d. 1706)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 21 Ignazio Donati, Italian composer (c. 1570)
  • Jan 27 Gonzalo de C├ęspedes y Meneses, Spanish novelist