What Happened in January 1848

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Britain takes Mosquito Coast from Nicaragua
  • Jan 3 Joseph Jenkins Roberts is sworn in as the first President of the independent African Republic of Liberia.
  • Jan 8 Austrian soldiers kill 10 students, Pavia
  • Jan 9 1st commercial bank in SF established
  • Jan 9 People's uprising in Palermo, Sicily
  • Jan 12 Palermo rising against the Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies takes place in Sicily
  • Jan 24 James Marshall finds gold in Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California
  • Jan 28 King of Naples grants his subjects a constitution
  • Jan 29 Sicily accepts new Constitution (choose parliament/freedom of press)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 John Goff, Irish lawyer (d. 1924)
  • Jan 4 Katsura Taro, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1913)
  • Jan 5 Khristo Botev, hero of Bulgarian revolt against Turkey, poet
  • Jan 5 Same Steele, Canadian soldier, born in Purbrook, Canada West, (d. 1919)
  • Jan 9 Princess Frederica of Hanover (d. 1926)
  • Jan 18 Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer (d. 1925)
  • Jan 19 John F. Stairs, Canadian businessman (d. 1904)
  • Jan 21 Henri Duparc, French composer
  • Jan 22 Samuel Muller Fzn, Dutch historian/archivist (Middle Ages)
  • Jan 24 Vasily Surikov, Russian painter (d. 1916)
  • Jan 27 Togo Heihachiro, Japanese admiral (d. 1934)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 5 Ferdinando Orlandi, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 9 Caroline Herschel, German-born pioneering female astronomer (comet 35P/Herschel-Rigolle), dies at 97
  • Jan 20 Christian VIII of Denmark (b. 1786)