On This Day

What Happened in January 1766

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 10 Louis Massonneau, German composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1848)
  • Jan 25 Hans Christoph Ernst von Gagern, German statesman & political writer, born in Kleinniedesheim, Germany (d. 1852)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 James Francis Edward Stuart "The old Pretender", Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland after the death of his father James II, dies at 77
  • Jan 9 Thomas Birch, British historian (b. 1705)
  • Jan 13 King Frederick V of Denmark (b. 1723)
  • Jan 14 Frederik V, king of Denmark/Norway (1746-66), dies at 42
  • Jan 19 Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, Italian-French architect, dies at 70
  • Jan 21 James Quin, British actor (Covent Garden Theatre), dies at 72