On This Day

What Happened in January 1679

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 24 King Charles II disbands English parliament

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 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)