On This Day

What Happened in January 1784

Historical Events

  • Jan 6 Turkey & Russia sign treaty in Constantinople
  • Jan 7 1st US seed business established by David Landreth, Philadelphia
  • Jan 14 US Congress of the Confederation ratifies the Treaty of Paris, signed September 3, 1783, ending the Revolutionary War, and forwards it to Great Britain
  • Jan 15 The Asiatic Society is founded by William Jones at a meeting in Calcutta's Fort William, India

Historic Event

Jan 26 Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America's symbol

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 William Beale, English composer and baritone, born in Lankrake, Cornwall (d. 1854)
  • Jan 27 Martin-Joseph Mengal, Belgian composer, conductor, and educator (Director of the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, 1835-51), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1851)

George Hamilton-Gordon

Jan 28 George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Peelite: 1852-55) and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1861)

  • Jan 31 Carl Wilhelm Henning, German composer and conductor, born in Öls (d. 1867)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 11 Ferdinand Philipp Joseph Lobkowitz, Czech composer, dies at 59