On This Day

What Happened in January 1706

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 7 Johann Heinrich Zedler, German publisher (d. 1751)

Person of interestBenjamin Franklin

Jan 17 Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father, inventor, ambassador and writer (Poor Richards Almanac), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1790)

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • Jan 28 John Baskerville, English printer (typeface inventor)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 21 Adrien Baillet, French scholar and critic, dies at 56
  • Jan 26 Guillaume Poitevin, composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 29 Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet and courtier (b. 1638)