What Happened in January 1859

Historical Events

  • Jan 5 1st steamboat sails, Red River
  • Jan 22 Brahms' 1st piano concerto (in D minor) premieres in Hanover
  • Jan 23 Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii begins an eruption that lasts 300 days
  • Jan 24 Political union of Moldavia and Wallachia; Alexandru Ioan Cuza is elected as ruler

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 5 DeWitt B Brace, inventor (spectrophotometer)
  • Jan 6 Samuel Alexander, English philosopher (Moral order & progress)
  • Jan 9 Carrie Chapman Catt, Ripon, Wisconsin, American women's suffrage leader and founder (League of Women Voters)
  • Jan 9 Frederik Pijper, Dutch vicar/church historian (The Monasteries)
  • Jan 11 [Gerard] Jan Ligthart, Dutch educator (Nog bij mother, Ot & Sien)
  • Jan 13 Karl Bleibtreu, German author (Revolution of Literature)
  • Jan 13 Kostis Palamas, Greek poet (d. 1943)
  • Jan 15 Archibald Peake, Premier of South Australia (d. 1920)
  • Jan 19 Alice Eastwood, botanist (Handbook of Trees of California), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jan 21 Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, composer
  • Jan 24 Alexander Alexandrovich Il'yinsky, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 27 Wilhelm II, German Emperor and King of Prussia (1888-1918), born in Berlin (d. 1941)

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • Jan 30 Tony Mullane, Irish-born American baseball player (d. 1944)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 8 Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist, dies at 50
  • Jan 18 Alfred Vail, American inventor and early telegraph pioneer, dies at 51
  • Jan 20 B v Arnim, writer, dies at 73
  • Jan 20 Bettina Brentano, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 27 Carl A Agardh, Swedish botanist/bishop of Karlstad, dies at 74
  • Jan 28 Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1782)
  • Jan 29 Seth Thomas, American Manufacturer and pioneer in the mass production of clocks, dies at 73