On This Day

Events in History in January 1781

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 1,500 soldiers of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment under General Anthony Wayne's command rebel against the Continental Army's winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey as part of the Pennsylvania (Continentals; Regiment) Mutiny of 1781.

Military Leader Anthony Wayne
Military Leader
Anthony Wayne
  • Jan 4 Andre Méchain discovers M80 (globular cluster in Scorpio)

DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

Jan 5 British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Virginia

US General and Turncoat Benedict Arnold
US General and Turncoat
Benedict Arnold
  • Jan 6 Battle of Jersey: Major Francis Peirson and his men defeat invading French troops
  • Jan 20 1st edition of Pieter It Hoens "Post of Neder-Rhijn" published