What Happened in January 1837

Historical Events

  • Jan 22 Earthquake in southern Syria kills thousands
  • Jan 26 Michigan admitted as 26th US state

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 2 Mily Balakirev, Russian pianist and composer (Islamej, Tamara), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1910)
  • Jan 4 Casimiro de Abreu, Brazil, poet (Camoes e o jau)
  • Jan 5 A Ch Swinburne, writer [or Apr 5]
  • Jan 12 Adolf Jensen, composer
  • Jan 12 Carlos Troyer, composer
  • Jan 16 James Phillip Simms, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1887)
  • Jan 19 William Williams Keen, surgeon (brain)
  • Jan 20 David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1910)
  • Jan 23 Amanda Berry Smith, American former slave, singer and evangelist

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 20 John Soane, English architect (Book of Designs), dies at 84
  • Jan 23 John Field, Irish pianist and composer (Nocturnes), dies at 54