On This Day

What Happened in January 1737

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 12 Brizio Petrucci, composer
  • Jan 19 Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Fr writer (Paul et Virgin)

Person of interestJohn Hancock

Jan 23 John Hancock, American merchant & statesman who was 1st to sign the Declaration of Independence, born in Braintree, Massachusetts (d. 1793)

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock

Person of interestThomas Paine

Jan 29 Thomas Paine, English-American political essayist (Common Sense, Age of Reason), born in Thetford, England (d. 1809)

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 17 Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect, dies at 73
  • Jan 29 George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (b. 1666)