On This Day

What Happened in January 1640

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 25 William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire, English polymath & aristocrat, born in Handsworth, England (d. 1707)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 14 Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron Coventry, English lawyer and judge (b. 1578)
  • Jan 22 Erasmus Quellinus I, Flemish wood carver, dies at about 55
  • Jan 25 Robert Burton, British writer and Anglican clergyman (The Anatomy of Melancholy), dies at 62