Today in History for January 1799
Events 1 - 7 of 7
9th - British Prime Minister William Pitt introduces income tax to raise funds for the war against Napoleon.
10th - Friedrich von Schiller's "Die Piccolomini," premieres in Weimar
14th - Eli Whitney receives government contract for 10,000 muskets
14th - King of Naples flees before advancing French armies
17th - Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, was executed.
21st - Edward Jenner's smallpox vaccination is introduced
25th - 1st US patent for a seeding machine, Eliakim Spooner, Vermont
Birthdays 1 - 3 of 3
Deaths 1 - 4 of 4
6th - W G Frederik, prince of Orange/general, dies at 25
9th - Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian scientist (b. 1718)
22nd - Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist/alpinist, dies at 58
26th - Gabriel Christie, British general (b. 1722)