What Happened in January 1850

Historical Events

  • Jan 5 California Exchange opens
  • Jan 18 British blockade Piraeus, Greece, to enforce mercantile claims
  • Jan 20 HMS Investigator headed by Robert McClure leaves England, 1st expedition to make a Northwest passage (though some over ice)
  • Jan 22 Alta California becomes a daily paper, 1st such in Calif
  • Jan 26 1st German language daily newspaper in US published, NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 29 Henry Clay introduces a comprise bill on slavery to US Senate

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 5 Theodoor Verstraete, Flemish painter/etcher
  • Jan 6 Eduard "Ede" Bernstein, German marxist (New Era)
  • Jan 6 Franz Xaver Scharwenka, German pianist/composer (Mataswintha)
  • Jan 10 John Wellborn Root, American architect (d. 1891)
  • Jan 11 J C Arthur, botanist (studied rusts), born in Lowville, New York
  • Jan 11 Philipp la Renotiere von Ferrary, famous philatelist
  • Jan 13 Leon Francis Victor Caron, composer
  • Jan 14 Jean de Reszke, [Jan Mieczyslaw], Polish tenor
  • Jan 14 Pierre Loti, French writer (d. 1923)
  • Jan 15 Mihail Eminesco, [Eminovici], Romanian poet (Samanul Dionis)
  • Jan 15 Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician. (d. 1891)
  • Jan 17 Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, composer, born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Jan 18 Seth Low, American politician (d. 1916)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 27 Samuel Gompers, American labor union leader (American Federation of Labor), born in London, England

Founder of the American Federation of Labor Samuel Gompers
Founder of the American Federation of Labor
Samuel Gompers
  • Jan 27 Edward J. Smith, English captain of the Titanic (d. 1912)
  • Jan 29 Ebenezer Howard, pioneer of garden cities, born in London, England
  • Jan 29 Lawrence Hargrave, inventor (box kite)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Raphael G. Kiesewetter, Austria musicologist (Arab Music), dies at 76
  • Jan 14 Anthony van Hoboken, Rotterdam merchant/ship owner, dies at 93
  • Jan 20 Adam Oehlenschläger, Danish poet (b. 1779)
  • Jan 22 Vincenzo Pallotti, Italian saint, dies at 54
  • Jan 26 Francis Jeffrey, Baron Jeffrey, judge/literary critic, dies
  • Jan 27 J Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor/cartoonist/writer, dies at 85
  • Jan 27 Philipp Roth, composer, dies at 70