January 1779 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 11 Ching-Thang Khomba is crowned King of Manipur.

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Jan 17 Captain James Cook's last notation in Discovery's ship's log

Explorer James Cook
James Cook

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Jan 18 John Dickinson is appointed a delegate for Delaware to the Continental Congress

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson
  • Jan 23 Charles Messier catalogs M56 (globular cluster in Lyra)
  • Jan 31 Charles Messier adds M57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra) to his catalog

Birthdays in History

  • 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
  • Jan 18 Peter Mark Roget, British nventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard) and lexographer (Roget's Thesaurus), born in London, England (d. 1869)
  • Jan 24 Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden), Russian tsarina (d. 1826)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 Claude Bourgelat, French veterinary surgeon (b. 1712)
  • Jan 20 Johannes Burman, Dutch botanist, plant author and physician, dies at 71
  • Jan 22 Claudius Smith, American Revolutionary War loyalist (b. 1736)
  • Jan 22 Jeremiah Dixon, English surveyor and astronomer, dies at 45