Birthdays in History in January 1779

  • Jan 1 William Clowes, English printer (d. 1847)
  • Jan 5 Stephen Decatur, American naval hero (War of 1812)
  • Jan 5 Zebulon Pike, brigadier general and explorer (Pike's Peak), born in Lamington, New Jersey (d. 1813)
  • Jan 15 Jean Coralli, ballet producer/choreographer, born in Paris, France

Person of interestPeter Mark Roget

Jan 18 Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer (Roget's Thesaurus) and inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard), born in London (d. 1869)

Lexicographer and Inventor Peter Mark Roget
Lexicographer and Inventor
Peter Mark Roget
  • Jan 24 Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden), Russian tsarina (d. 1826)