On This Day

What Happened in January 1791

Historical Events

  • Jan 2 Big Bottom massacre in the Ohio Country, marking the beginning of the Northwest Indian War.

Election of Interest

Jan 30 Comte de Mirabeau is elected President of the French National Assembly

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 6 Jose Melchor Gomiz, Spanish composer, born in Ontinyent, Spain (d. 1836)
  • Jan 8 Jacob Collamer, American politician (Sen-Vt), born in Troy, New York (d. 1865)
  • Jan 14 Calvin Phillips, American midget & shortest known adult male (67 cm; 2' 2"), born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts (d. 1812)
  • Jan 15 Franz Gillparzer, Austrian tragic dramatist (Golden Fleece), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1872)
  • Jan 28 (Louis Joseph) Ferdinand Hérold, French pianist, violinist, and composer of over twenty operas, born in Paris (d. 1833)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 11 William Williams Pantycelyn, Welsh hymnist (b. 1717)