What Happened in January 1851

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 City of Glasgow steamer inaugurates Philadelphia-Liverpool line
  • Jan 15 Gen Arista replaces Mexican President Herrera
  • Jan 28 Northwestern University (Chicago) chartered

1stHistoric Invention

Jan 31 Gail Borden announces invention of condensed milk

Inventor and Manufacturer of Condensed Milk Gail Borden
Inventor and Manufacturer of Condensed Milk
Gail Borden
  • Jan 31 SF Orphan's Asylum, 1st in California, founded

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 9 Giuseppi Gallignani, composer
  • Jan 14 Theophile EA de Bock, Dutch painter/etcher/drawer
  • Jan 17 A. B. Frost, American illustrator (d. 1928)
  • Jan 19 David Starr Jordan, NY, biologist/university pres (Leland Stanford)
  • Jan 19 Johannes C Kapteyn, Dutch astronomer
  • Jan 25 Arne Garborg, Norwegian playwright (Bondestudentar)
  • Jan 25 Jan Blockx, Belgium, opera composer (Sea Bride princess of Herberg)
  • Jan 27 Rafael Obligado, Argentina, writer (Santos Vega)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 10 Karl Freiherr von Müffling, Prussian field marshal (b. 1775)
  • Jan 12 Johan Herman Koekkoek, painter, dies at 72
  • Jan 19 Esteban Echeverría, Argentine writer (b. 1805)
  • Jan 21 Gustav Albert Lortzing, composer, dies at 49
  • Jan 24 Gaspare Luigi Pacifico Spontini, Italian composer, dies at 76

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 27 John James Audubon, conservationist (Audubon Society), dies at 65

Ornithologist John James Audubon
Ornithologist
John James Audubon
  • Jan 27 Karl Moser, German composer, dies at 77