On This Day

What Happened in January 1816

Historical Events


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Jan 8 Sophie Germain is the first woman to win a prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences for her paper on elasticity

Mathematician Sophie Germain
Mathematician
Sophie Germain
  • Jan 12 France decrees Bonaparte family excluded from the country forever

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Jan 22 Lord Byron completes poems "Parisina" and "Siege of Corinth"

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 7 Stephen Miller, American politician (Governor of Minnesota) Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Perry County, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • Jan 9 John Palmer Usher, Secretary of the Interior under Lincoln during US Civil War (1863-1865), born in Brookfield, New York (d. 1889)
  • Jan 11 Fitz Henry Warren, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Brimfield, Massachusetts (d. 1878)
  • Jan 15 Marie LaFarge, French murderer, born in Paris, France (d. 1852)
  • Jan 19 Henry Gray, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1892)
  • Jan 23 Compars Herrmann, German stage magician, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1887)
  • Jan 26 Lloyd Tilghman, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • Jan 30 Nathaniel Prentiss Banks, American politician, Major General (Union Army), born in Waltham, Massachusetts (d. 1894)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Francois Alexander Sallantin, French composer, dies at 60
  • Jan 15 Henry Harington, composer, dies at 88

Person of interestSamuel Hood

Jan 27 Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood/admiral, dies at 92

British Admiral Samuel Hood
British Admiral
Samuel Hood
  • Jan 30 Reinier Vinkeles, Dutch engraver and art collector, dies at 74