What Happened in January 1759

Historical Events

  • Jan 11 1st American life insurance company incorporated, Philadelphia

British Museum Opens its Doors

Jan 15 British Museum opens in Montague House, London

Historic Publication

Jan 15 Voltaire's satire "Candide" is published anonymously in five editions in five countries to scandalous acclaim (estimated date)


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

Robert Burns

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

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

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

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

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