On This Day

What Happened in January 1708

Historical Events

  • Jan 8 Spanish armada headed by the San Jose and loaded with gold sunk after British squadron attacks off coast of Colombia (rediscovered 2015)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 25 Pompeo Batoni, Italian painter, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1787)
  • Jan 26 William Hayes, English composer and organist, born in Gloucester (d. 1777) baptismal date
  • Jan 30 Georg Dionysius Ehret, German-English botanist & cartoonist, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1770)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 23 Thomas Bullis, English composer, dies at 80 (buried)