On This Day

What Happened in January 1679

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jan 24 King Charles II disbands English parliament

  • Jan 31 Jean-Baptiste Lully's opera "Bellerophon" premieres at the Palais-Royal in Paris

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 5 Pietro Filippo Scarlotti, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1750)
  • Jan 19 Girolamo Chiti, Italian composer and music theorist, born in Siena (d. 1759)
  • Jan 24 Christian von Wolff, German philosopher
  • Jan 27 Jean-Francois de Troy, French painter

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 9 Werner Fabricius, German composer, dies at 45
  • Jan 14 Jacques de Billy, French mathematician (b. 1602)