On This Day

What Happened in January 1729

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Edmund Burke, British statesman, philosopher and author (A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, Reflections on the Revolution in France), born in Dublin, Ireland [NS=Jan 12]
  • Jan 5 Paulus Constantijn la Fargue, Dutch cartoonist & painter, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1782)
  • Jan 12 Lazzaro Spallanzani, Modena Italy, physiologist
  • Jan 22 Giuseppe Luigi Tibaldi, composer
  • Jan 22 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, German critic/dramatist

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4 Joseph de Montesquiou earl d'Artagnan, French lt-general, dies at 77
  • Jan 4 Meir Bacharach, Hebrew poet, dies
  • Jan 19 William Congreve, English dramatist (Love for Love), dies at 58
  • Jan 31 Jacob Roggeveen, Dutch navigator and explorer (1st European to discover Easter Island), dies at 69