On This Day

What Happened in January 1706

Famous Birthdays

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

  • 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, French serpent (now obscure bass wind instrument) player, maĆ®tre de chapelle and composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 29 Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet and courtier (b. 1638)