What Happened in January 1868

Historical Events

  • Jan 3 Meiji Restoration returns authority to Japan's emperors
  • Jan 4 Wilkie Collins' "The Moonstone" is first serialized in "All the Year Round" owned by Charles Dickins
  • Jan 7 Arkansas constitutional convention meets in Little Rock
  • Jan 7 Mississippi constitutional convention meets in Jackson
  • Jan 14 North Carolina constitutional convention meets in Raleigh
  • Jan 14 SC constitutional convention meets with a black majority
  • Jan 16 Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit
  • Jan 20 Florida constitutional convention meets in Tallahassee

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Snitz Edwards, Hungarian actor (College, Phantom of the Opera), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1937)
  • Jan 3 Franz V M Cumont, Belgian religious historian
  • Jan 6 Vittorio Monti, composer
  • Jan 7 Abraham M "Mark" Lidzbarski, Polish/German orientalist
  • Jan 8 Frank Dyson, proved Einstein right about light bent by gravity
  • Jan 9 S. P. L. Sørensen, Danish chemist (d. 1939)
  • Jan 11 Cai Yuanpei, Chinese educator (d. 1940)
  • Jan 14 Catharina A M de Savornin Lohman, Dutch author (Belief)
  • Jan 15 Noach Zjordanija, Georgian veterinarian/premier (1918-21)
  • Jan 16 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, composer
  • Jan 19 Gustav Meyrink, writer
  • Jan 23 Juventino Rosas, composer
  • Jan 27 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano prima donna (Dutch Opera), born in Amsterdam (d. 1961)
  • Jan 28 Frederick Archibald Lamond, composer
  • Jan 28 Julian Aguirre, composer
  • Jan 31 Theodore William Richards, chemist (atomic weights, Nobel-1914)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Moritz Hauptmann, composer, dies at 75
  • Jan 7 William Batchelder Bradbury, American composer, dies at 51
  • Jan 14 Heinrich Schenker, Austrian musicologist (Urlinie) know for his Schenkerian analysis of music, dies at 66
  • Jan 22 Moritz Ganz, composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 28 Adalbert Stifter, Austrian author (Witiko), commits suicide at 62