On This Day

What Happened in January 1778

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Explorer James Cook
Explorer
James Cook
  • Jan 20 1st American military court martial trial begins in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jan 27 Piccinni's opera "Roland" premieres in Paris

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 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

Person of interestCarolus Linnaeus

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

Taxonomist, botanist, physician, and zoologist Carolus Linnaeus
Taxonomist, botanist, physician, and zoologist
Carolus Linnaeus