What Happened in January 1857

Historical Events

  • Jan 6 Patent for reducing zinc ore granted to Samuel Wetherill, Penn
  • Jan 8 Dion Boucicauly's "Poor of NY" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 9 7.9 earthquake shakes Fort Tejon, California
  • Jan 15 1st first-class game in Sydney, NSW v Vic at The Domain
  • Jan 22 National Association of Baseball Players founded, NY
  • Jan 24 The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first full-fledged university in south Asia.

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 1 Tim Keefe, American Major League Baseball pitcher, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1933)

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • Jan 2 Frederick Opper, cartoonist (Maud, Alphonse & Gaston)
  • Jan 2 Martha Carey Thomas, educator/president (Bryn Mawr College)
  • Jan 6 Hugh Mahon, Irish-born Australian politician (d. 1931)
  • Jan 6 William E. Russell, 37th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • Jan 9 Henry B Fuller, American writer (Under the Skylights)
  • Jan 11 Fred[erick J] Archer, English jockey (won 5 Derbys)
  • Jan 14 Alice Pike Barney, American painter
  • Jan 17 Eugene Augustin Lauste, developer (1st sound-on-film recording)
  • Jan 17 Wilhelm Kienzl, Austrian composer (Evangelimann)
  • Jan 18 Otto von Below, German commandant (WW I)
  • Jan 23 Andrija Mohorovicic, Croatian geologist (Moho discontinuity)
  • Jan 26 the 12th Dalai Lama (d. 1875)
  • Jan 31 George Jackson Churchward, Great Western Railway Chief mechanical engineer. (d. 1933)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 10 Novelist Jules Verne (28) weds Honorine de Viane Morel

Novelist Jules Verne
Jules Verne

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 20 Edward Francis Fitzwilliam, composer, dies at 32
  • Jan 27 Dorothea von Benckendorff, Baltic monarch of Lieven, dies at 72