What Happened in January 1883

Historical Events

  • Jan 2 Battle of Boschberg takes place in South Africa as part of the Mapoch War
  • Jan 4 Ontario Rugby Football Union (forerunner of CFL) forms
  • Jan 6 Ontario Rugby Football Union forms
  • Jan 10 Fire at uninsured Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin kills 71. General Tom Thumb of P T Barnum fame, escapes unhurt
  • Jan 13 Fire in Circus Ferroni in Berditschoft, Poland, kills 430
  • Jan 13 Henrik Ibsen's "En Folkefiende" premieres in Oslo
  • Jan 16 Pendleton Act creates basis of US Civil Service system
  • Jan 16 Quebec Rugby Football Union forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 19 The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • Jan 20 Billy Barnes takes a hat-trick, England v Aust MCG
  • Jan 22 England complete 1st innings victory in Tests v Aust MCG
  • Jan 30 England team presented with ashes of a bail after Sydney Test

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Federigo Tozzi, Italian writer/journalist (La Torre, Tre Croci)
  • Jan 1 [Hei]ko E Arnoldi, Dutch actor (3 Drops of Water)/theater director

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 3 Clement Attlee, British Prime Minister (L-1945-51), born in Putney, London (d. 1967)

British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British Prime Minister
Clement Attlee
  • Jan 4 Johanna Westerdijk, botanist/Neth 1st female prof (Utrecht, 1917-52)
  • Jan 4 Max Eastman, American critic/essayist and editor of The Masses (d. 1969)
  • Jan 6 Khalil Gibran, Lebanon, mystic poet (The Prophet, Broken Wings)
  • Jan 7 Andrew Browne, Irish/British admiral (WW II)
  • Jan 8 Josue Teofilo Wilkes, composer
  • Jan 8 Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (d. 1941)
  • Jan 8 Patrick J. Hurley, United States Secretary of War (d. 1963)
  • Jan 10 Aleksei Tolstoi, Russian poet/writer (Pjotr Peroyj) [NS]
  • Jan 10 Florence Reed, silent film actress (Dancing Girl), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 10 Francis X Bushman, Norfolk VA, silent film actor (Ben Hur)
  • Jan 19 Hermann Abendroth, German conductor
  • Jan 20 Betram Home Ramsay, English admiral/Commander Allied Naval Forces
  • Jan 21 Olav Aukrust, Norway, poet
  • Jan 21 Amang Rodriguez, Filipino politician (d. 1964)
  • Jan 24 Estelle Winwood, [Goodwin], England, actress (Miracle on 34th Street)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4 Nicolas Ledesma, composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 4 Antoine Eugène Alfred Chanzy, French general (b. 1823)
  • Jan 5 Charles Tompson, first Australian published poet (b. 1806)
  • Jan 10 Dr Samuel A. Mudd, American medical doctor (b. 1833)
  • Jan 21 Jacopo Tomadini, composer, dies at 62
  • Jan 23 Gustave Doré, French artist, engraver, and illustrator (b. 1832)
  • Jan 24 Friedrich von Flotow, German baron/composer, dies at 70