What Happened in January 1884

Historical Events

  • Jan 4 Last sighting of an eastern cougar (Ontario)
  • Jan 4 The Fabian Society is founded in London.
  • Jan 8 Chrome tanning process for leather patented by Augustus Schultz
  • Jan 18 General Charles Gordon departs London for Khartoum
  • Jan 18 Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Iesu Grist (Welsh for Jesus Christ) Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom.
  • Jan 19 Jules Massenet's opera "Manon" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 26 1st Dutch Wagner version of Elizabeth aria

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 2 Jacques Chardonne, [Boutelleau], French writer (l'Epithalame)
  • Jan 3 Eli S Jones, US, evangelist (Christ of Indian road)
  • Jan 3 Raoul Armand Georg Koczalski, composer
  • Jan 10 James Philip Dunn, composer
  • Jan 12 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1964)
  • Jan 12 Texas Guinan, American actress (d. 1933)
  • Jan 13 Johannes Elsensohn, Dutch actor/writer (Arie, novel from the Jordan)
  • Jan 13 Sophie Tucker, [Kalish] "last of red hot mammas", Russian-born American singer, born in Tulchyn, Russian Empire (d. 1966)
  • Jan 18 Arthur Ransome, English author (Swallows & Amazons)
  • Jan 19 Albert Louis Wolff, composer
  • Jan 20 A[braham P] Merritt, US, sci-fi author (Moon Pool, Creep Shadow!)
  • Jan 21 Katie Sandwina, Germany, legendary woman weight-lifter
  • Jan 21 Roger Nash Baldwin, founder (American Civil Liberties Union)
  • Jan 23 Ralph DePalma, Italian-American race car driver (d. 1956)
  • Jan 25 Edward Kilenyi, composer
  • Jan 26 Edward Sapir, Germany, linguist/antropologist (indians)
  • Jan 26 Roy Chapman Andrews, US, scientist/explorer
  • Jan 28 Auguste Piccard, Switzerland, scientist/explorer (balloonist), twin brother of Jean Felix Piccard
  • Jan 28 Jean Felix Piccard, Switzerland, scientist/explorer (balloonist) twin brother of Auguste Piccard
  • Jan 28 Lucien H d'Azambuja, France, astronomer (chromosome of sun)
  • Jan 29 Juhan Aavic, Estonian composer, born in Holstre, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • Jan 31 Nicholas Joy, actor (Boss Lady), born in Paris, France
  • Jan 31 Theodor Heuss, 1st President of Germany (Bundespr√§sident) (d. 1963)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 19 Painter Thomas Eakins (39) weds painter and photographer Susan Macdowell (32) in a Quaker ceremony

Painter Thomas Eakins
Thomas Eakins

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 24 Abolutionist Frederick Douglass marries 2nd wife suffragist Helen Pitts

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 6 Gregor Mendel, Austrian Augustine monk/heredity pioneer, dies at 61

Monk/Geneticist Gregor Mendel
Gregor Mendel
  • Jan 6 Paul Taglioni, "the Great," Ital/Austrian choreographer, dies at 75
  • Jan 17 Hermann Schlegel, German ornithologist (b. 1804)
  • Jan 21 Auguste Franchomme, composer, dies at 75
  • Jan 24 Johann Christian Gebauer, composer, dies at 75