On This Day

What Happened in January 1782

Historical Events

  • Jan 7 1st US commercial bank, Bank of North America, opens in Philadelphia
  • Jan 15 Robert Morris, Superintendent of Finance, recommends to U.S. Congress establishment of decimal coinage and a national mint

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestDaniel Webster

Jan 18 Daniel Webster, US Secretary of State (1841-43, 1850-52), politician and lawyer, born in Salisbury, New Hampshire (d. 1852)

American Statesman Daniel Webster
American Statesman
Daniel Webster
  • Jan 20 Archduke John of Austria, Austrian general and Regent of Germany (1848), born in Florence (d. 1859)
  • Jan 29 Daniel François Esprit Auber, French opera composer (Fra Diavolo), born in Caen, Normandy, France (d. 1871)
  • Jan 29 Franciszek Ścigalski, Polish composer, born in Grodzisk, Wielkopolski

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Johann Christian Bach (English Bach), German composer & 11th son of Johann Sebastian Bach, dies at 46
  • Jan 4 Ange-Jacques Gabriel, French court architect (Palace de la Concorde), dies at 83
  • Jan 28 Jean-Baptiste-Bourguignon d'Anville, French geographer and cartographer, dies at 84