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
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 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

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