On This Day

What Happened in January 1783

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 12 Erik Gustaf Geijer, Swedish historian/poet (Natthimmelen)
  • Jan 20 (Justus Johann) Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist (Dresden Court Orchestra, 1821-50), composer, and teacher, born in Haselrieth, Germany (d. 1860)
  • Jan 23 Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle], French writer (Le Rouge et de Noir, a Chartreuse de Parme), born in Grenoble, France (d. 1842)
  • Jan 29 Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian folk poet and translator (Homerus) [NS=Feb 9], born in Mishenskoe, Tula Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1852)

Famous Weddings

John Marshall

Jan 3 US Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall (27) weds Mary Willis Ambler in Hanover County, Virginia

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 5 Friedrich Wilhelm Reidt, composer, dies on 73rd birthday
  • Jan 7 William Tans'ur, English hymnist, dies at 76
  • Jan 15 William Alexander, Lord Stirling, American general (American Revolutionary War leader), dies at 57
  • Jan 31 Caffarelli [Gaetano Majorano], Italian castrato soprano, dies at 72