On This Day

What Happened in January 1720

Historical Events

  • Jan 6 The Committee of Inquiry on the South Sea Bubble publishes its findings
  • Jan 21 Sweden and Prussia sign a peace treaty ending hostilities between them during the Great Northern War

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 4 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court) composer and organist, born in Dobitschen, Thuringia (d. 1774)
  • Jan 11 Gijsbert John van Hardenbroeck, Utrechts regent
  • Jan 13 Richard Hurd, English bishop and writer (d. 1808)
  • Jan 17 Jean-Joseph Vadé, French songwriter, poet, and playwright, born in Ham, France (d. 1757)
  • Jan 27 Samuel Foote, British actor, dramatist and theatre manager (Mirror), born in Truro, Cornwall (d. 1777)
  • Jan 30 Charles De Geer, Swedish industrialist & entomologist, born in Finspång, Sweden (d. 1778)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 31 Thomas Grey, 2nd Earl of Stamford, English privy councillor (c. 1654)