On This Day

What Happened in January 1787

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 11 Titania & Oberon, moons of Uranus, discovered by William Herschel

Astronomer William Herschel
Astronomer
William Herschel
  • Jan 25 Shays' Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmers, led by Capt Daniel Shays, fail to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Jan 28 Philadelphia's Free Africa Society organizes

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 8 Johann Ludwig Bohner, composer
  • Jan 13 John Davis, 14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1854)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Arthur Middleton, American signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 44