On This Day

What Happened in January 1700

Historical Events


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Jan 1 Protestant Western Europe (except England) begins using the Gregorian calendar
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Pope Gregory XIII with the calendar that was to make his name
Pope Gregory XIII with the calendar that was to make his name
  • Jan 1 Russia begins using the Anno Domini era and no longer uses the Anno Mundi era of the Byzantine Empire
  • Jan 26 The magnitude 8.7-9.2 Cascadia earthquake took place off the west coast of the North America, as evidenced by Japanese records

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 29 Daniel Bernoulli, mathematician (10 time French award), born in Basel, Switzerland

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 7 Raffaello Fabretti, Italian antiquarian (b. 1618)

Person of interestMarguerite Bourgeoys

Jan 12 Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame in Quebec, dies at 79

First Canadian Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys
First Canadian Saint
Marguerite Bourgeoys
  • Jan 22 Jacob Balthasar Schutz, composer, dies at 39