What Happened in January 1785

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 "Daily Universal Register" (Times of London) publishes 1st issue
  • Jan 7 1st balloon flight across English Channel by Jean Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries
  • Jan 11 Continental Congress convenes in NYC
  • Jan 13 John Walter publishes 1st issue of "The Times" of London

Music History

Jan 14 Amadeus Mozart completes his "Dissonanzenquartett / "Dissonance quartet" (opus 10)

  • Jan 15 Mozart's string quartet opus 10 premieres
  • Jan 19 First manned balloon flight in Ireland
  • Jan 20 Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Island), no takers
  • Jan 27 1st US state university chartered in Athens, Georgia

Historic Event

Jan 29 In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health


Famous Birthdays

Jacob Grimm

Jan 4 Jacob Grimm, German philologist, folklorist and editor of "Grimm's Fairy Tales", born in Hanau, Hesse-Cassel, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1863)

  • Jan 23 Carl Adolph Agardh, Swedish botanist & bishop of Karlstad, born in BĂ„stad, Sweden (d. 1859)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Baldassare Galuppi, Venetian composer (opera buffa), dies at 68

Haym Salomon

Jan 6 Haym Salomon, Polish-born American broker who helped finance the American Revolution, dies in Philadelphia at 44

  • Jan 19 Jonathan Toup, English classical scholar and critic (b. 1713)
  • Jan 23 Matthew Stewart, Scottish mathematician (b. 1717)