On This Day

What Happened in January 1736

Historical Events

  • Jan 26 Stanislaw I of Poland abdicates his throne

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestJames Watt

Jan 19 James Watt, Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer and chemist (steam engine), born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1819)

Inventor, Engineer and Chemist James Watt
Inventor, Engineer and Chemist
James Watt
  • Jan 19 Laurens Pieter van de Spiegel, Dutch Grand Pensionary of Zeeland and Holland (1787-95)
  • Jan 25 Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Italian mathematician & astronomer (number theory, celestial mechanics), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1813)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 7 Ceslav Vanura, composer, dies at 41
  • Jan 17 Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect, dies at 73
  • Jan 31 Filippo Juvarra, Italian architect, dies at 57