On This Day

What Happened in January 1789

Historical Events

  • Jan 21 1st American novel, WH Brown's "Power of Sympathy" is published
  • Jan 23 Georgetown, 1st US Catholic college, founded

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Jan 24 Louis XVI of France issues an edict calling for the convocation of the Estates-General, a major event in the French Revolution

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King of France
Louis XVI
  • Jan 26 John Odell signs contract for £336 to build St Peter's church in the Bronx

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 3 Carl Gustav Carus, German physiologist & painter, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1869)
  • Jan 4 Benjamin Lundy, philanthropist/abolitionist
  • Jan 17 August Neander, German theologian (d. 1850)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Christleib Siegmund Binder, German composer, dies at 65
  • Jan 1 Fletcher Norton, 1st Baron Grantley, English politician, dies at 72
  • Jan 2 Franz Joseph Leonti Meyer of Schauensee, Swiss composer and organist, dies at 68
  • Jan 8 Jack Broughton, English boxer (published first boxing code), dies at 85
  • Jan 10 Pierre Lyonet, Dutch zoologist and cryptologist, dies at 82
  • Jan 20 Johann Christoph Oley, German composer, dies at 50
  • Jan 23 Frances Brooke, English writer (b. 1724)
  • Jan 23 John Cleland, English novelist (b. 1709)