On This Day

What Happened in January 1724

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jan 1 Glassblower Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit proposes system for making thermometers and the Fahrenheit temperature scale in a paper to the Royal Society of London and is elected a fellow on its basis

  • Jan 14 Spanish King Philip V abdicates throne

Historic Event

Jan 28 The Russian Academy of Sciences founded in St. Petersburg by Peter the Great, and implemented in a Senate decree. Called St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences until 1917.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 24 Frances Brooke, English writer (d. 1789)
  • Jan 30 Ignaz Franz Xaver Kurzinger, German composer, born in Rosenheim, Upper Bavaria (now Germany) (d. 1797)