On This Day

What Happened in January 1807

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Curacao is taken by English (until March, 1816)
  • Jan 12 Gunpowder-ship explodes in Leiden, Netherlands, 150 die

Historic Event

Jan 20 Napoleon convenes great Sanhedrin, Paris

  • Jan 28 London's Pall Mall is 1st street lit by gaslight

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 2 Tomasz Napoleon Nidecki, Polish composer, born in Studzianka, West Galicia, (now Poland) (d. 1852)
  • Jan 4 Baltasar Saldoni, composer
  • Jan 6 Joseph Holt, American lawyer, politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Breckinridge County, Kentucky (d. 1894)
  • Jan 6 Ludwig Erk, German composer and folk song collector, born in Wetzlar (d. 1883)
  • Jan 6 Jozef Maximilián Petzval, Slovak inventor, born in Spišská Belá, Slovakia (d. 1891)
  • Jan 11 Alfred Eugene "Mudwall" Jackson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • Jan 11 Ezra Cornell, founder (Western Union Telegraph, Cornell University)
  • Jan 12 Jan T Beelen, Dutch/Belgian bible expert
  • Jan 13 Napoleon Bonaparte Buford, American Major General (Union Army), born in Woodford County, Kentucky (d. 1883)
  • Jan 16 Charles Henry Davis, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), (d. 1877)

Robert E. Lee

Jan 19 Robert E. Lee, American General who commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War, born in Stratford Virginia (d. 1870)

Robert McClure

Jan 28 Robert McClure, Irish explorer who discovered the Northwest passage, born in Wexford, Ireland (d. 1873)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 5 Michel Adanson, French biologist (Plant classes), dies at 79
  • Jan 12 Adriaan Kluit, Dutch historian, dies at 71
  • Jan 12 Joan Lucaz, Dutch journalist and patriot, dies at 60