On This Day

Historical Events in January 1799

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