What Happened in January 1793

Historical Events

  • Jan 9 1st hot-air balloon flight in the US lifts off in Philadelphia, piloted by Jean Pierre Blanchard
  • Jan 9 Dutch Prince Willem V establishes 2 brigades Drive Artillery

French Revolution

Jan 16 French King Louis XVI sentenced to death by the National Convention during the French Revolution

  • Jan 21 Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine in Paris, following his conviction for "high treason" by the newly created French Parliament (Convention nationale), during the French Revolution
  • Jan 21 Prussia & Russia sign partition treaty, dividing Poland.
  • Jan 23 2nd Partition of Poland, between Prussia & Russia
  • Jan 23 Humane Society of Philadelphia (1st aid society) organized

Famous Birthdays

Lucretia Mott

Jan 3 Lucretia Mott, American Quaker, abolitionist and women's right activist (1st Woman's Rights Convention), born in Nantucket, Massachusetts (d. 1880)

  • Jan 6 James Madison Porter, American politician, born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • Jan 14 John C. Clark, American politician, born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (d. 1852)
  • Jan 18 William Henry Havergal, British composer, hymn writer, and Anglican clergyman, born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1870)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Francesco Guardi, Italian painter, dies at 80
  • Jan 4 Bengt Lidner, Swedish poet (Medea/Yttersa domen), dies at 35

ExecutionLouis XVI

Jan 21 Louis XVI, French King (1774-93), beheaded during the French Revolution at 38


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