What Happened in January 1788

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 London's Daily Universal Registrar becomes the Times
  • Jan 1 Quakers in Pennsylvania emancipate their slaves

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Jan 2 Georgia is 4th state to ratify US constitution

  • Jan 9 Connecticut becomes 5th state to ratify the US constitution
  • Jan 18 First elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to set up a penal colony
  • Jan 20 Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Georgia
  • Jan 26 Captain Arthur Phillip and British colonists hoist the Union Flag at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day
  • Jan 28 Lord Gordon found guilty of libel of Queen of France

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 5 Kaspar Ett, German organist/composer
  • Jan 8 Erik Drake, Swedish composer (Royal Swedish Academy of Music), born on Föllingsö, Östergötland (d. 1870)
  • Jan 8 Archduke Rudolph of Austria (d. 1831)
  • Jan 8 Pavel Kiselyov, Russian general and politician (d. 1874)
  • Jan 11 William Thomas Brande, English chemist (d. 1866)
  • Jan 13 Carl Ludwig Cornelius Westenholz, composer

Person of interestLord Byron

Jan 22 Lord Byron [George Gordon Byron], English romantic poet (Don Juan), born in London (d. 1824)

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 5 Johann Schneider, German composer and pupil of Bach, dies at 85
  • Jan 11 François Joseph Paul de Grasse, French admiral (commanded the French fleet at the Battle of the Chesapeake), dies at 64
  • Jan 14 François Joseph Paul, marquis de Grasetilly, comte de Grasse, French admiral (b. 1722)
  • Jan 15 Gaetano Latilla, composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 17 Alessio Prati, composer, dies at 37
  • Jan 31 Francesco Zannetti, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • Jan 31 [Bonnie Prince] Charles Edward Stuart, English pretender to throne (Jacobite rebellion), dies at 67