What Happened in January 1872

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Moerdijk railway bridge over Hollands Diep, South Holland opens - then longest bridge in Europe
  • Jan 3 1st patent list issued by US Patent Office
  • Jan 12 Yohannes IV is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in Axum, the first imperial coronation in that city in over 200 years.
  • Jan 20 California Stock Exchange Board organized
  • Jan 29 Francis L Cardoza elected State Treasurer of South Carolina

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 4 Edmund Rumpler, Austria, auto/airplane builder
  • Jan 6 Alexander N Scriabin, Moscow, hallucinogenic composer (Prometheus)
  • Jan 11 Paul Graener, composer
  • Jan 11 George Washington Pierce, American physicist (d. 1956)
  • Jan 15 Arsen Kotsoyev, Russian writer (d. 1944)
  • Jan 16 Edward G Craig, actor/director (On the art of theatre)
  • Jan 16 Henri-Paul Busser, composer
  • Jan 18 Paul Leautaud, [Maurice Boissard], France, writer (Petit ami)
  • Jan 21 Jonkhr Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, Dutch foreign minister
  • Jan 23 Paul Langevin, French physicist (d. 1946)
  • Jan 23 Joze Plečnik, Slovenian architect (d. 1957)
  • Jan 24 Konstantin Bogaevsky, Russian painter (d. 1943)
  • Jan 24 Ethel Turner, Australian author (d. 1958)
  • Jan 27 Learned Hand, Chief judge (US Court of Appeals), born in Albany, New York
  • Jan 31 Zane Grey, American West novelist (Riders of the Purple Sage)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 19 Physicist Wilhelm Röntgen (26) weds Anna Bertha Ludwig in Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Wilhelm Röntgen
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Wilhelm Röntgen

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 7 James Fisk, American entrepreneur (b. 1834)
  • Jan 21 Franz Grillparzer, Austrian playwright (Sappho/Libussa), dies at 81