What Happened in January 1778

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jan 18 Captain James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands)

  • Jan 20 1st American military court martial trial begins in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jan 27 Niccolò Piccinni's tragic opera "Roland" premieres at Théâtre du Palais-Royale in Paris, France

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 3 Antoni Melchior Fijałkowski, Polish bishop (d. 1861)
  • Jan 5 Fortunato Santini, Italian priest & composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1861)
  • Jan 6 Thomas Lincoln, American farmer, carpenter, and father President Abraham Lincoln, born in Linville Creek, Virginia (d. 1851)
  • Jan 13 Anton Fischer, composer
  • Jan 24 Charles F, duke of Berry/son of French King Charles X
  • Jan 26 Ugo Foscolo, Italian poet (Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis)
  • Jan 31 Franz Anton graaf von Kolowrat, Austrian premiere of Bohemia (1848)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4 Charles D J Eisen, French engraver/painter, dies at 57

Carl Linnaeus

Jan 10 Carl Linnaeus [Carl von Linné], Swedish botanist, explorer and the Father of Taxonomy, dies at 70