On This Day

What Happened in January 1754

Historical Events

  • Jan 4 Columbia University founded, as Kings College (NYC)
  • Jan 15 Riot at burial of Orangist leader Daniel Raap in Amsterdam
  • Jan 28 Horace Walpole, in a letter to Horace Mann, coins the word serendipity

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 15 Richard Martin, Irish politician & animal rights activist, born in Ballynahinch Castle, Ireland (d. 1834)
  • Jan 24 Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor (d. 1820)
  • Jan 29 Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland (d. 1806)
  • Jan 30 John Lansing Jr., American lawyer & statesman, born in Albany, New York (d. 1829)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 10 Daniel Raap, Dutch porcelain salesman/politician, dies at about 51
  • Jan 10 Edward Cave, English editor and publisher (b. 1691)
  • Jan 28 Ludvig Holberg, Baron of Holberg, founder of modern Danish and Norwegian literature, dies at 69