On This Day

What Happened in January 1659

Historical Events

  • Jan 14 Battle at Elvas: Portuguese beat Spanish
  • Jan 24 Pierre Corneille's "Oedipe" premieres in Paris

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 17 Antonio Veracini, Italian violinist and Baroque composer, born in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (now Italy) (d. 1733)
  • Jan 21 Adriaen van der Werff, Dutch portrait painter/engraver/architect

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 16 Charles Annibal Fabrot, French lawyer, dies at 78
  • Jan 18 Benedikt Lechler, German composer, dies at 64