On This Day

What Happened in January 1689

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Pro-James II-earl of Danby occupies York
  • Jan 22 Lord Halifax becomes Speaker of English House of Lords

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Jan 22 Prince William of Orange (future King William III of Britain), summons Convention Parliament to discuss ruling jointly with his wife Mary (daughter of exiled King James II)

King of England William III
King of England
William III

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Jan 26 Jean Racine's "Esther" premieres in Saint-Cyr

Dramatist and Playwright Jean Racine
Dramatist and Playwright
Jean Racine
  • Jan 28 English parliament resolves that the throne is vacant

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 18 Charles de Montesquieu, French philosopher/writer (Letters Persanes)
  • Jan 29 Hubert K Poot, Dutch poet

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 6 Seth Ward, English mathematician and astronomer (b. 1617)