What Happened in January 1855

Historical Events

  • Jan 9 Clipper "Guiding Star" disappears in Atlantic, 480 dead
  • Jan 23 The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge.
  • Jan 28 The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway.
  • Jan 31 Western railroads blocked by snow

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 3 Hubert Bland, English socialist (d. 1914)
  • Jan 5 King Camp Gillette, inventor (safety razor)
  • Jan 10 Peter J Blok, Dutch historian (History of the Dutch People)
  • Jan 15 Jacques Damala, Greek military officer and actor (d. 1889)
  • Jan 20 Amedee-Ernest Chausson, composer
  • Jan 21 John M Browning, US, weapons manufacturer
  • Jan 22 Ernst Kullak, composer
  • Jan 22 Albert Neisser [Albert Ludwig Sigesmund Neisser], Schweidnitz Prussia, German physician who discovered the bacterias that cause gonorrhea and leprosy
  • Jan 23 John Moses Browning, American inventor (d. 1926)
  • Jan 26 Arthur Hervey, composer
  • Jan 28 William Seward Burroughs, NY, inventor (recording adding machine)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 6 Giacomo Beltrami, Italian explorer (b. 1779)
  • Jan 10 Mary Russell Mitford, Engl playwright/poet (Julian), dies at 67
  • Jan 25 Dorothy Wordsworth, English writer, brother of William Wordsworth, dies at 83
  • Jan 26 GĂ©rard de Nerval, French writer (b. 1808)