What Happened in January 1779

Historical Events

  • Jan 11 Ching-Thang Khomba is crowned King of Manipur.

Historic Event

Jan 17 Captain James Cook's last notation in Discovery's ship's log

Appointment of Interest

Jan 18 John Dickinson is appointed a delegate for Delaware to the Continental Congress

Historic Event

Jan 23 Charles Messier catalogs M56 (globular cluster in Lyra)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 William Clowes, English printer (d. 1847)
  • Jan 5 Stephen Decatur, American naval hero (War of 1812), born in Sinepuxent, Maryland (d. 1820)
  • Jan 5 Zebulon Pike, American brigadier general and explorer (Pike's Peak), born in Lamington, New Jersey (d. 1813)
  • Jan 15 Jean Coralli, French ballet producer & choreographer, born in Paris, France

Peter Mark RogetPeter Mark Roget (1779-1869)

Jan 18 British lexicographer (Roget's Thesaurus) and inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard), born in London

  • Jan 22 Stefano Pavesi, composer
  • Jan 24 Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden), Russian Tsarina (d. 1826)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Claude Bourgelat, French veterinary surgeon, dies at 66
  • Jan 20 David Garrick, English actor, producer and writer (Aboan-Oroonoko), dies at 61
  • Jan 22 Claudius Smith, American Revolutionary War loyalist (b. 1736)
  • Jan 22 Jeremiah Dixon, English surveyor and astronomer, dies at 45