On This Day

What Happened in January 1774

Historical Events

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Jan 11 Charles Messier adds M51 (spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici) to his catalog

Astronomer Charles Messier
Charles Messier

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Jan 30 Captain James Cook reaches 71°10' south, 1820km from south pole (record)

Explorer James Cook
James Cook

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 André Marie Constant Duméril, French zoologist (d. 1860)
  • Jan 24 Karl Moser, German composer and violinist, born in Berlin (1851)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 21 Mustafa III, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1717). Reigns 1757 to 1774. Dies at 56
  • Jan 30 František Tůma, Czech composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 30 Jean-Pierre Guignon, composer, dies at 71