On This Day

January 1773 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 6 Massachusetts slaves petition legislature for freedom
  • Jan 12 First public museum established in north American colonies (Charlestown, SC)

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

Jan 17 Captain James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33' S)

Explorer James Cook
James Cook

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 5 Pieter Fontijn, Dutch painter & drawer, born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1839)
  • Jan 9 Cassandra Austen, English watercolorist and sister of Jane Austen (d. 1845)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 4 Anton Losenko, Russian painter (b. 1737)
  • Jan 21 Alexis Piron, French dramatist (La Métromanie), dies at 83