On This Day

What Happened in January 1690

Historical Events

  • Jan 6 Joseph I, later Holy Roman Emperor and son of Emperor Leopold I, becomes King of the Romans
  • Jan 14 The musical instrument, the clarinet is invented in Nürnberg, Germany
  • Jan 22 Iroquois tribes renew allegiance to British against French

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 13 Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel, German composer and librettist, born in Grünstädtel, Saxony (d. 1749)
  • Jan 22 Nicolas Lancret, French painter (d. 1743)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Hillel ben Naphtali Zevi, Lithuanian rabbi (b. 1615)