On This Day

What Happened in January 1686

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 17 Archibald Bower, Scottish historian (d. 1766)
  • Jan 19 Hakuin Ekakuborn, Japan, Zen Buddhist
  • Jan 31 Hans Egede, Norwegian Lutheran missionary (d. 1758)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 21 Nicolas-Francois Blondel, French architect, dies
  • Jan 31 Jean Mairet, French dramatist (b. 1604)