On This Day

January 1737 in History

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 19 Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Fr writer (Paul et Virgin)

John Hancock

Jan 23 John Hancock, American merchant & statesman who was 1st to sign the Declaration of Independence, born in Braintree, Massachusetts (d. 1793)

Thomas Paine

Jan 29 Thomas Paine, English-American political essayist (Common Sense, Age of Reason), born in Thetford, England (d. 1809)


Deaths in History

  • Jan 29 George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (b. 1666)