On This Day

What Happened in January 1774

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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


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 [Giovanni Pietro Ghignone], Italian-French violinist and composer, dies at 71