January 26, 1788: The British First Fleet sails into Port Jackson to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement in Australia.
January 27, 1785: The University of Georgia is founded, becoming the first public university in the US.
January 28, 1813: Pride and Prejudice is first published in the UK.
January 29, 1856: Queen Victoria institutes the Victoria Cross.
January 30, 1826: The Menai Suspension Bridge connecting the Isle of Anglesey to north coast of Wales is opened.
January 31, 1747: The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital.
February 1, 1793: France declares war on the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.