On This Day

Historical Events in January 1781

Historic Event

Jan 1 1,500 soldiers of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment under General Anthony Wayne's command rebel against the Continental Army's winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey as part of the Pennsylvania (Continentals; Regiment) Mutiny of 1781.

  • Jan 4 Andre Méchain discovers M80 (globular cluster in Scorpio)

Historic Expedition

Jan 5 British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Virginia

  • Jan 6 Battle of Jersey: Major Francis Peirson and his men defeat invading French troops
  • Jan 20 1st edition of Pieter It Hoens "Post of Neder-Rhijn" published

Music Premiere

Jan 29 Wolfgang Mozart's dramatic opera "Idomeneo" premieres at the Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich, Germany