What Happened in January 1888

Historical Events

  • Jan 3 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 5 Dutch Heidemaatschappij (land reclamation) established
  • Jan 7 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Valley of Fear" (BG)
  • Jan 13 National Geographic Society founded in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 27 National Geographic Society formed in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 30 Harry Moses 297 not out for NSW against Victoria

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 John Garand, American inventor (d. 1974)
  • Jan 4 Arthur Berry, England, soccer player (Olympic gold 1908, 12)
  • Jan 8 Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (Coquette, Deluge), born in Kells, County Meath Ireland (d. 1960)
  • Jan 8 Richard Courant, German-American mathematician (d. 1972)
  • Jan 10 Emile van Bosch, Dutch revue/operetta-artist (Fair Folks)
  • Jan 11 Chester Conklin, Oskaloosa IA, actor (Every Day's a Holiday, Greed)
  • Jan 12 Claude Delvincourt, composer
  • Jan 15 Joseph Henabery, director (Cobra), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jan 16 Osip Brik, Russian writer (d. 1945)

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Jan 20 Lead Belly, American blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), born in Mooringsport, Louisiana (d. 1949)

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • Jan 23 Gilbert Ledward, British sculptor
  • Jan 23 Paul Peter Ewald, German Crystallographer and Physicist who devised the theory of X-ray interference by crystals and pioneered X-ray diffraction methods, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1985)
  • Jan 24 Ernst Heinrich Heinkel, German inventor (1st rocket-powered aircraft)
  • Jan 24 Hedwig "Vicki" Baum, Austrian/US author (Men Never Know)

Famous Weddings


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Jan 1 55th UK Prime Minister David Lloyd George (25) weds first wife Margaret Owen

British Prime Minister David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister
David Lloyd George

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 5 Henri Herz, Austrian composer, dies at a day before his 85th birthday
  • Jan 14 Stephen Heller, Hungarian composer and pianist, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Stephan Hale Alonzo Marsh, composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 29 Edward Lear, poet/author, dies at 75
  • Jan 30 Asa Gray, US botanist (Flora of North America), dies at 77
  • Jan 31 John Bosco, Italian priest, youth worker, educator, founder of the Salesian Society, dies at 72