On This Day

What Happened in January 1666

Historical Events

  • Jan 26 France declares war on England & Munster

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 5 Guru Gobind Singh, Tenth Guru of Sikhism, founder and General of Khalsa Army, social reformist and poet, born in Patna Sahib (d. 1708)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 18 Adriaen A. Bloemaert, Dutch landscape painter, dies at about 56
  • Jan 20 Anna of Austria, Spanish princess, Austrian archduchess, Queen of France as wife of Louis XIII and regent of France (1643-51) for her son Louis XIV, dies of breast cancer at 64
  • Jan 22 Shah Jahan, 5th Mughal Emperor of India (1628-58) who built the Taj Mahal for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, dies at 74
  • Jan 24 Johann Andreas Herbst, composer, dies at 77