What Happened in January 1871

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Belgium disbands salt tax
  • Jan 2 King Amadeus I of Spain inaugurated at 25
  • Jan 3 Oleomargarine patented by Henry Bradley, Binghamton, NY
  • Jan 16 Jefferson Long of Georgia sworn in as 2nd black congressman
  • Jan 17 1st cable car patented, by Andrew Smith Hallidie in the US (begins service in 1873)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 18 2nd German Empire proclaimed by Kaiser Wilhelm I & Bismarck

German Statesman Otto Von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto Von Bismarck
  • Jan 19 1st Negro lodge of US Masons approved, New Jersey
  • Jan 26 British Rugby Union forms
  • Jan 26 US income tax repealed
  • Jan 28 Paris surrenders to Prussians
  • Jan 31 Millions of birds fly over western SF, darkening the sky

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 5 Frederick Shepherd Converse, Newton Mass, composer
  • Jan 7 Émile Borel, French mathematician and politician (d. 1956)
  • Jan 8 James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon, Irish politician (d. 1940)
  • Jan 9 Charles Kortright, British(?) cricket player
  • Jan 10 Enrica Freiin von Handel-Manzetti, Austrian author (Jesse & Maria)
  • Jan 12 Paul Guthnick, German astronomer
  • Jan 14 Pauline Beersmans, [PLJM van Cuyck], Flemish actress (Hofslachter)
  • Jan 15 Bertram Shapleigh, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 17 David Beatty, Nantwich, Cheshire, 1st Earl Beatty and British Admiral of the Fleet

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • Jan 22 Leon Jessel, German composer (The Parade of the Tin Soldiers), born in Stettin (d. 1942)
  • Jan 26 Warner Fabian, [Samuel H Adams], US journalist/writer (Average Jones)
  • Jan 29 Eduardo Lopez-Chavarri y Marco, composer
  • Jan 30 Seymour Hicks, St Helier Jersey, actor-manager (Scrooge)
  • Jan 30 Wilfred Lucas, actor (Pardon Us, Chump at Oxford)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 25 US President William McKinley (27) weds Ida Saxton (23) at the First Presbyterian Church in Canton

25th US President William McKinley
25th US President
William McKinley

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 10 Pierre A du Terrail, French writer, dies at 41
  • Jan 21 John J Rochussen, gov-general of Neth-Indies (1845-51), dies at 73
  • Jan 29 Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé, French Canadian writer and Seigneur (b. 1786)