On This Day

What Happened in January 1656

Historical Events

  • Jan 4 Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas, laden with gold and jewellery bound for Spain, sinks off the coast of the Bahamas, only 45 of 650 people survive (most eaten by sharks) [1]
  • Jan 8 Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)
  • Jan 17 Brandenburg & Sweden sign Treaty of Königsberg

Historic Publication

Jan 23 French philosopher and theologian Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his Lettres provinciales

  • Jan 24 1st Jewish doctor in North American colonies, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Mathieu Molé, French statesman (b. 1584)