On This Day

What Happened in January 1656

Historical Events

  • Jan 8 Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)
  • Jan 17 Brandenburg & Sweden sign Treaty of Königsberg

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Mathematician, Physicist and Philosopher Blaise Pascal
Mathematician, Physicist and Philosopher
Blaise Pascal
  • Jan 24 1st Jewish doctor in North American colonies, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland

Famous Deaths

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