On This Day

What Happened in January 1752

Historical Events

  • Jan 3 East Indies invasion "Geldermalsen" leaves at Malacca: 92 killed
  • Jan 15 Tobias Smollett publishes pamphlet accusing Henry Fielding of plagiarism

Famous Birthdays

Betsy Ross

Jan 1 Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], American seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag, born in Gloucester City, Colony of New Jersey (d. 1836)

  • Jan 2 Philip Freneau, poet of American Revolution (The American Village)
  • Jan 19 James Morris III, American army officer (d. 1820)
  • Jan 23 Muzio Clementi, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1832)
  • Jan 30 Joseph Matthias Kracher, Austrian composer, born in Mattighofen, Austria (d. 1835)
  • Jan 31 Gouverneur Morris, American lawmaker and diplomat (d. 1816)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4 Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician (paradox of Cramer), dies at 47
  • Jan 16 Francis Blomefield, English topographer (History of Norfolk), dies at 46