What Happened in January 1866

Historical Events

  • Jan 9 Fisk University opens in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jan 11 Steamship London sinks in storm off Land's End, England and kills 220
  • Jan 12 The Royal Aeronautical Society is formed in London.
  • Jan 15 Bedrich Smetana's opera "Branibori v Cechach" premieres in Prague
  • Jan 18 Wesley College is established in Melbourne
  • Jan 20 Prim's Insurrection in Spain ends

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 2 Prof Gilbert Murray, Australian classical scholar (d. 1957)
  • Jan 8 William G. Conley, American politician (d. 1940)
  • Jan 9 Albert Baertsoen, Flemish painter/etcher
  • Jan 13 Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov, composer
  • Jan 15 Nathan Söderblom, Swedish archbishop, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1931)
  • Jan 19 Harry Davenport, American actor/director (Her Unborn Child, My Sin), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Richard Le Gallienne, English writer (Maker of Gainborg)
  • Jan 25 Emile Vandervelde, President (1900–1918) of the International Socialist Bureau and Minister of 3 Belgian governments (d. 1938)
  • Jan 29 Romain Rolland, France, writer (Jean-Christophe) (Nobel 1915)
  • Jan 30 Gelett Burgess, author (Purple Cow)
  • Jan 31 Emil Strauss, Germany, writer (Naked Man)
  • Jan 31 Henry Forster, cricketer (Oxford blue 1887-89, later Aust Gov-General)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 10 Pyotr Pletnyov, Russian poet (b. 1792)
  • Jan 15 M T d'Azeglio, writer, dies
  • Jan 23 Thomas Love Peacock, English satirist (b. 1785)
  • Jan 27 John Gibson, sculptor, dies