What Happened in January 1881

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Dr John H Watson is introduced to Sherlock Holmes
  • Jan 2 Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Concerto in B, premieres
  • Jan 4 Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" premieres in Breslau
  • Jan 22 Ancient Egyptian obelisk "Cleopatra's Needle" erected in Central Park, New York

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Jan 25 Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company.

  • Jan 26 Union of Baptists Communities forms in Foxholl
  • Jan 28 Battle at Laing's Neck Natal: Boers beat superior powered British

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Carry van Bridges, [de Haan], Dutch author (Heleen, Eva)
  • Jan 1 Vajiravudh, King of Thailand (d. 1925)
  • Jan 4 Wilhelm Lehmbruck, German painter/poet/sculptor (Seated Youth)
  • Jan 5 Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, composer
  • Jan 8 Henrik Shipstead, American politician (d. 1960)
  • Jan 9 Giovanni Papini, Italy, writer (Il Diavolo)
  • Jan 9 Lascelles Abercrombie, English poet/critic (Revaluations)
  • Jan 9 Edouard Beaupré, horse lifter (d. 1904)
  • Jan 13 Essington Lewis, Australian industrialist (d. 1961)
  • Jan 17 Alfred Radcliffe-Browne, British anthropologist (Andaman Islanders), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1955)
  • Jan 17 Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician (d. 1941)
  • Jan 18 Gaston Gallimard, French publisher (Librairie Gallimard) [or 1908]
  • Jan 25 Emil Ludwig, German biographer (Diana, Son of Man)
  • Jan 25 Gustave Frederic Soderlund, composer
  • Jan 31 Irving Langmuir, inventor (tungsten filament lamp/Nobel 1932)
  • Jan 31 Joseph A Cushman, US, palaentologist
  • Jan 31 Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina/choreographer, born in St Petersburg, (d. 1931)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Louis Auguste Blanqui, French political activist (b. 1805)
  • Jan 21 Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1802)
  • Jan 25 Konstantin Thon, Russian architect (b. 1794)
  • Jan 30 Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens, Flemish composer, dies at 58