On This Day

What Happened on January 16, 1749

Historical Events

  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Vittorio Alfieri, Italian count, dramatist and poet (Maria Stuarda) who is considered the founder of Italian tragedy, born in Asti, Italy (d. 1803)
1749 Highlights

About January 16, 1749

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 271 years, 10 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Capricorn