On This Day

What Happened in January 1799

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jan 9 British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger introduces income tax to raise funds for the war against Napoleon

  • Jan 10 Friedrich von Schiller's "Die Piccolomini" premieres in Weimar

Contract of Interest

Jan 14 Eli Whitney receives government contract for 10,000 muskets

  • Jan 14 King of Naples flees before advancing French armies
  • Jan 17 Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, is executed
  • Jan 25 1st US patent for a seeding machine, Eliakim Spooner, Vermont

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 6 Jedediah Smith, American fur trader & explorer, born in Tioga County, New York (d. 1831)
  • Jan 7 Daniel Tyler, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brooklyn, Connecticut (d. 1882)
  • Jan 22 Ludger Duvernay, Canadian printer and publisher (d. 1852)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 6 Frederik, Dutch prince of Orange-Nassau and general, dies of a fever at 25
  • Jan 9 Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian scientist (b. 1718)
  • Jan 22 Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist/alpinist, dies at 58
  • Jan 26 Gabriel Christie, British general, dies at 76