On This Day

What Happened in January 1768

Historical Events

  • Jan 9 Philip Astley stages the world's first modern circus in London

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 7 Joseph Bonaparte, French King of Naples and Spain, brother of Napoleon, born in Corte, Corsica (d. 1844)
  • Jan 10 James Varicick, founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, born in Newburgh, New York (d. 1827)
  • Jan 28 Frederick VI, Danish king (1808-39); lost Norway to Sweden (1814)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Jean-Laurent Krafft, French composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 10 Charles Cressent, French court furniture maker, dies at 82
  • Jan 28 John Wainwright, English composer and organist, dies at 44