On This Day

What Happened in January 1737

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 12 Brizio Petrucci, Italian composer, born in Massalom-barda, Ravenna, Papal State (d. 1838)
  • 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
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 29 George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (b. 1666)