On This Day

What Happened in January 1798

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Russia appoints 1st Jewish censor to censor Hebrew books
  • Jan 8 11th Amendment ratified, judicial powers construed
  • Jan 22 Coup d'├ętat in Batavian Republic
  • Jan 30 Rep Matthew Lyon (Vt) spits in face of Rep Roger Griswold (Ct) in US House of Representatives, after an argument

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 6 Ferdinand Simon Gassner, Austrian composer and music writer, born in Vienna; (d. 1851)
  • Jan 14 Isaac da Costa, Jewish poet, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1860)
  • Jan 14 Johan Rudolph Thorbecke, Premier of Netherlands (Lib-1849..72), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1872)
  • Jan 15 Thomas Crofton Croker, Irish story teller (Fairy legends), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1854)
  • Jan 19 Auguste Comte, French philosopher & writer (A General View of Positivism), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1857)
  • Jan 20 Anson Jones, 5th and last President of Texas, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (d. 1858)
  • Jan 24 Karl von Holtei, Silesian actor, playwright and author (Die Vagabunden), born in Poland (d. 1880)
  • Jan 24 Karl von Staudt, German math professor (projective geometrician)
  • Jan 29 Henry Neele, English poet, born in London, England (d. 1828)
  • Jan 31 Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 9 Pedro Pablo Abarca d Bolea, Spanish officer, and ount earl of Aranda, dies at 79
  • Jan 20 Christian Cannabich, German composer and royal chaplain master, dies at 66
  • Jan 22 Lewis Morris, American landowner and farmer (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 71
  • Jan 22 Matija A Reljkovic, Croatian writer (Satire of Wild Man), dies at 66
  • Jan 26 Christian Gottlob Neefe, German composer, conductor and tutor of Ludwig van Beethoven, dies at 49