What Happened in January 1887

Historical Events

  • Jan 4 Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (SF-SF)
  • Jan 5 1st US school of librarianship opens at Columbia University
  • Jan 6 `Abd-allah II of Harar opens the Battle of Chelenqo with an attack on the camp of the Shewan army of Negus Menelik II.
  • Jan 16 Cliff House damaged when powder cargo of schooner "Parallel" explodes
  • Jan 20 US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor
  • Jan 21 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms
  • Jan 21 Brisbane receives a daily rainfall of 465 millimetres (18.3 inches), a record for any Australian capital city.
  • Jan 26 Battle of Dogali: Abyssinian Emperor John IV defeats Italians
  • Jan 28 England all out for 45 v Aust SCG, their lowest total ever
  • Jan 28 In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world's largest snowflakes are reported, being 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 28 Work begins on the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Achitect
Gustave Eiffel

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Wilhelm Canaris, German admiral/head German military intelligence
  • Jan 3 Helen Parkhurst, US educator (Education on the Dalton plan)
  • Jan 3 August Macke, German painter (d. 1914)
  • Jan 10 Robinson Jeffers, US, poet/playwright (Tamar & Other Poems, Medea)
  • Jan 11 Aldo Leopold, founder (Wilderness Society)
  • Jan 13 George Gurdjieff, Armenian-Greek mystic (d. 1949)
  • Jan 16 John Hamilton, Penn, actor (Perry White-Superman)
  • Jan 17 Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (d. 1975)
  • Jan 19 Alexander Woollcott, NJ, short story writer (Man Who Came to Dinner)
  • Jan 21 Alfred Henry Ackley, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 21 Georges Vezina, Canadian ice hockey goalie (Vezina Trophy), born in Chicoutimi, Quebec (d. 1926)

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina
  • Jan 22 Helen Hoyt, American poet (d. 1972)
  • Jan 25 Diego Valeri, Italian author/poet (Le Gaie Tristezze)
  • Jan 26 Enrique E Ecker, Curacao, bacteriologist
  • Jan 26 Marc A "Pete" Mitscher, US lt-admiral (WW II-Task Force 58)
  • Jan 26 Fran├žois Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (d. 1915)
  • Jan 27 Carl Blegen, archaeologist (excavator at Troy, Pylos), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jan 28 Artur Rubinstein, Lodz Poland, pianist
  • Jan 28 Lily Theresa Strickland, composer
  • Jan 29 Albert Conti, Trieste Austria, actor (Jazz Heaven, Doomed Battalion)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Johan Hendrik Koelman, portrait painter, dies at 66
  • Jan 7 Abraham I van Lier, Dutch actor/director (Gran Theatre), dies at 74
  • Jan 14 Friedrich von Amerling, Austrian painter, dies at 83
  • Jan 14 Peter "Peerke" Donders, missionary (Father of Melaatsen), dies at 77
  • Jan 17 William Giblin, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1840)