On This Day

What Happened in January 1728

Historical Events

  • Jan 29 John Gays' satiric work "The Beggar's Opera" premieres at the Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre in London, England [NS=Feb 9]

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 2 Louis Barbiano de Belgioioso, Austrian count/diplomat in Belgium
  • Jan 6 Charles Joseph Sohier, French violinist and composer, born in Lille, France (d. 1759)
  • Jan 6 Domingos dos Reis Quita, Portuguese playwright & poet, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1770)
  • Jan 9 Thomas Warton, critic and poet (Pleasures of Melancholy) British Poet Laureate (1785-90), born in Basingstoke (d. 1790)
  • Jan 16 Niccolo Piccinni, Italian composer (Buona Figliuola)
  • Jan 17 Johann Gottfried Müthel, German keyboard virtuoso and composer, born in Mölln, Duchy of Lauenburg (now Germany) (d. 1788)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 24 Johann Philipp Käfer, German composer, 55