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

Historic Event

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)

Historic Event

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 and writer (Letters Persanes)
  • Jan 29 Hubert K. Poot, Dutch poet (d. 1733)

Famous Deaths

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