What Happened in January 1856

Historical Events

  • Jan 8 Dr John A Veatch discovers borax, Tuscan Springs, Calif
  • Jan 23 Steamer Pacific, leaves Liverpool on final voyage (lost at sea, 186 on board)
  • Jan 25 Battle of Seattle; skirmish between settlers & Indians
  • Jan 29 Victoria Cross established to acknowledge valour in the face of the enemy (United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 6 Giuseppe Martucci, composer
  • Jan 9 Anton Askerc, Slavic priest/poet (Primoz Trubar)
  • Jan 9 Lizette Woodworth Reese, US poet (Branch of May, Tears)
  • Jan 9 Stevan Mokranjac, composer
  • Jan 11 Christian August Sinding, Kongsberg Norway, composer
  • Jan 12 John Singer Sargent, American painter (Wyndham Sisters), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1925)
  • Jan 14 J. F. Archibald, Australian journalist and publisher (d. 1919)
  • Jan 18 John Hyatt Brewer, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 5 Pierre J David, [David d'Angers], French sculptor, dies at 67
  • Jan 11 Nikolai I Nadezjdin, Russian archaeologist, dies [NS=Jan 23]
  • Jan 12 Ľudovít Štúr, Slovak politician, author of Slovak language, (b. 1815)
  • Jan 16 Thaddeus William Harris, American naturalist (b. 1795)
  • Jan 17 Thomas Attwood Walmisley, composer, dies at 41
  • Jan 24 Rabbi Yechezkel of Kuzmir, Polish Hasidic leader (b. 1775)
  • Jan 31 Khedrup Gyatso, 11th Dalai Lama of Tibet, dies at 17