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