On This Day

What Happened in January 1759

Historical Events

  • Jan 11 1st American life insurance company incorporated, Philadelphia
  • Jan 15 British Museum opens in Montague House, London

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 4 Maria Rosa Coccia, composer
  • Jan 5 Jacques Cathelineau, French royalist & army leader, born in Le Pin-en-Mauges, France (d. 1793)
  • Jan 17 Paul Cuffe, Mass, merchant/shipbuilder/African American nationalist
  • Jan 21 Johan Valckenaer, Dutch politician/patriot

Person of interestRobert Burns

Jan 25 Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne), born in Alloway, Scotland (d. 1796)

  • Jan 31 Francois Devienne, French composer, born in Joinville, France (d. 1803)

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 6 US 1st President George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis at White House Plantation

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
1st US First Lady Martha Washington
1st US First Lady
Martha Washington

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Jacques-Joachim Trotti, Marquis de La Chétardie, French adventurer, dies at 54
  • Jan 3 Marquis & Marquess of Tavora, Portuguese nobles, executed
  • Jan 5 Thomas Philip Wallrad de Hénin-Liétard d'Alsace, Cardinal- Archbishop of Mechelen, Belgium, dies at 79
  • Jan 12 Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange, eldest daughter of King George II of Great Britain, dies at 49