On This Day

What Happened in January 1801

Historical Events

United Kingdom Forms

Jan 1 The Irish Parliament votes to join the Kingdom of Great Britain, forming the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

  • Jan 1 The dwarf planet Ceres is discovered by Italian monk Giuseppe Piazzi

Appointment of Interest

Jan 10 William Henry Harrison is appointed as the first governor of the Indiana Territory


Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 11 John Lodge Ellerton, British classical composer (The Bridal of Triermain, Domenica), born in Cheshire, England (d. 1873)
  • Jan 12 Louise Sophie Blussé, Dutch author, born in Leiden, Holland (d. 1896)
  • Jan 21 Ramon Vilanova y Barrera, composer
  • Jan 29 Johannes Bernardus van Bree, Dutch violinist, composer, and conductor (Felix Meritis Society, 1829-57), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1857)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Johann Kaspar Lavater, Swiss writer, philosopher, founder of physiognomics, dies at 59
  • Jan 11 Domenico Cimarosa, Italian composer (Il Matrimonio Segreto), dies at 51