What Happened in January 1875

Historical Events

  • Jan 5 Charles Garnier's new Opera opens in Paris
  • Jan 5 President Grant sends federal troops to Vicksburg, Miss
  • Jan 12 Kwang-su becomes emperor of China.
  • Jan 24 Camille Saint-Saëns' "Danse Macabre" premieres
  • Jan 25 Anti-slavery society forms (NY)
  • Jan 26 Electric dental drill is patented by George F Green

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Charles Rist, French economist
  • Jan 1 N F Druce, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1897-98)
  • Jan 7 Thomas Hicks, English/US marathon runner: (Olympic-gold-1904)
  • Jan 7 Gustav Flatow, German gymnast (d. 1945)
  • Jan 9 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (d. 1942)
  • Jan 11 Reinhold Gliere, composer
  • Jan 12 Marika Stiernstedt, Swedish author (Ulla Bella)
  • Jan 14 Albert Schweitzer, doctor/humanitarian/organist (Nobel 1954)
  • Jan 15 Tom Burke, American runner (d. 1929)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 15 Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, Founder and first King of Saudi Arabia (1932-53), born in Riyadh, Emirate of Nejd (d. 1953)

Founder of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud
Founder of Saudi Arabia
Ibn Saud
  • Jan 16 Leonor Michaelis, German enzyme kinetic theorist (d. 1947)
  • Jan 17 Florencio Sánchez, Uruguayan dramatist (d. 1910)
  • Jan 21 John Lindworsky, German jesuit/psychologist (Der Wille)
  • Jan 21 Paul E Kahle, Germany, professor of oriental studies
  • Jan 22 Bonifacius C de Jonge, governor (Dutch East Indies)

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Jan 22 D.W. Griffith, American film director/producer (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), born in LaGrange, Kentucky (d. 1948)

Film director D. W. Griffith
Film director
D. W. Griffith
  • Jan 22 Thomas W Ross, actor (Without Limit, Kings Row, 17, Mortal Storm)
  • Jan 28 Julian Antonio Carillo-Trujillo, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (opera's buff), dies at 68
  • Jan 3 Pierre Larousse, French editor (b. 1817)
  • Jan 18 Joseph Philbrick Webster, composer, dies at 55
  • Jan 20 Jean-François Millet, French painter (b. 1814)
  • Jan 23 Charles Kingsley, English vicar and writer (Westward Ho!), dies at 55
  • Jan 25 Leopold Jansa, composer, dies at 79