On This Day

What Happened in January 1749

Historical Events

  • Jan 3 Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.
  • Jan 16 Hoax article advertising fictitious theatrical performer "The Bottle Conjuror" drew huge crowds to the Haymarket Theatre, London, whose inevitable non-appearance caused a riot. It's alleged the Duke of Montagu perpetrated the fiasco to win a bet
  • Jan 21 Verona Philharmonic Theatre destroyed by fire. Rebuilt 1754.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 12 Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff, Austrian earl/prince/diplomat
  • Jan 13 Friedrich Müller, painter and dramatist (d. 1825)
  • Jan 16 Vittorio Alfieri, Italian count, dramatist and poet (Maria Stuarda) who is considered the founder of Italian tragedy, born in Asti, Italy (d. 1803)
  • Jan 19 Isaiah Thomas, American printer/editor/publisher/historian
  • Jan 29 King Christian VII of Denmark (d. 1808)