On This Day

January 1786 in History

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 7 John Catron, American Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Pennsylvania (d. 1865)
  • Jan 8 Nicholas Biddle, American financier, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1844)
  • Jan 11 Joseph Jackson Lister, British optician who perfected the optical microscope by designing the achromatic objective lens, born in London, England
  • Jan 12 Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (d. 1855)
  • Jan 23 Auguste de Montferrand, French architect, born in Trocad√©ro, Paris (d. 1858)
  • Jan 26 Benjamin Robert Haydon, Plymouth, painter (Waiting for The Times)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 4 Mozes Mendelssohn, German Jewish enlightenment philosopher (Haksalah), dies at 56
  • Jan 7 Jean-√Čtienne Guettard, French physician and scientist (b. 1715)
  • Jan 14 Meshech Weare, Governor of New Hampshire (b. 1713)