Scottish poet Robert Burns was born on the 25th of January, 1759.
The date is celebrated in Scotland and by the Scottish diaspora as Burns Night.
Musick Hall in Fishacre Street, where the first performance took place.
George Frideric Handel’s English-language oratorio, Messiah, premiered in Dublin, Ireland on the 13th of April, 1742.
Messiah was composed over a period of only twenty-four days. Handel worked on the music while in London, where he had been living for some years.
Handel in 1733
The premiere in Dublin came during a series of concerts Handel presented in Ireland, and the first performance used the cathedral choirs of St Patrick’s and Christ Church.
On the 22nd of March, 1739 Nader Shah of Persia (Iran) sacked the Indian city of Delhi and stole the jewels of the famous Peacock Throne. The seat of the Mughal emperors who ruled the north of India, the throne was never seen again.
A replacement throne was made, and existed until a rebellion in 1857.
On the 21st of March, 1788, a fire broke out in a home in New Orleans, present-day Louisiana.
856 of the 1100 buildings in the town were destroyed.
Because the fire happened on Good Friday, priests wouldn’t allow church bells to be rung as a warning to residents.
Below is a map of the destroyed area, published in 1886. X
A 1938 image depicting the First Fleet arriving in Australia on the 26th of January, 1788. This was the beginning of European colonisation of the continent, and the 26th is now called Australia Day.
From the collection of the National Library of Australia in Canberra.
Berlingske, Denmark’s oldest still-running newspaper, was first published on the 3rd of January, 1749.
Front of the first edition.
Originally named Kjøbenhavnske Danske Post-Tidender, the paper was founded by Ernst Henrich Berling and is conservative-leaning.