What Happened in January 1890

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Eritrea is consolidated into a colony by the Italian government.
  • Jan 2 Alice Sanger becomes 1st female White House staffer
  • Jan 2 Record 19'2" alligator shot in Louisiana by E A McIlhenny
  • Jan 3 1st US college-level dairy school opens at University of Wisconsin
  • Jan 7 W B Purvis patents fountain pen
  • Jan 10 Edward Macdowell's "Lancelot & Elaine" premieres
  • Jan 10 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Sapientiae Christianae
  • Jan 21 1st issue of Propria Cures, Amsterdam student-weekly newspaper
  • Jan 22 Jose Marti forms La Liga (Union of Cuban exiles) in NYC
  • Jan 25 National Afro-American League forms in Chicago
  • Jan 25 Nellie Bly beats Phileas Fogg's time around world by 8 days (72 days)
  • Jan 25 United Mine Workers of America forms

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Florence Lawrence, silent screen actress (Confidence), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Jan 1 Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (d. 1966)
  • Jan 4 Alfred G Jodl, German Wehrmacht general/chief of staff
  • Jan 4 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavia, MP (communist)
  • Jan 5 Cora Witherspoon, actress (Bank Dick), dies, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 7 Henny Porten, silent screen star (Deception), born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • Jan 7 Maurice E McLoughlin, tennis champ (US Open-1912)
  • Jan 8 Sandor Rado, Hungarian/US psycho analyst
  • Jan 9 Karel Capek, Czech, writer (R U R); coined the word "robot"
  • Jan 9 Kurt Tucholsky, German journalist/writer (Panther Tiger & Co)
  • Jan 10 Douglas MacLean, silent film comedian/producer (Going Up), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 10 Ernest Milton, actor (Cat Girl, Fiddler's Three), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 10 Grigory Landsberg, Russian physicist (d. 1957)
  • Jan 11 Monte Blue, American silent film actor (Montana, Oh Boy), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1963)
  • Jan 11 Oswald de Andrade, Brazilian author (d. 1954)
  • Jan 11 Max Carey, American baseball player (d. 1976)
  • Jan 12 Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, pastor and educator, born in Paris, Tennessee (d. 1976)
  • Jan 13 Jüri Uluots, Estonian Prime Minister (d. 1945)
  • Jan 15 Tommy Fleming, American soccer player (d. 1965)
  • Jan 16 Karl Freund, Czech/Austrian cameraman/director
  • Jan 16 Lloyd Bacon, actor (Charlie Chaplin), born in San Jose, California
  • Jan 22 Fred M Vinson, Ky, 13th Chief Justice of US Supreme Court (1946-53)
  • Jan 22 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (d. 1976)
  • Jan 28 Robert Stroud, American convict, "Birdman of Alcatraz", born in Seattle Washington (d. 1963)
  • Jan 29 Marguerite Canal, composer
  • Jan 31 Adolf Bach, German language/sociologist (Deutsche Namenkunde)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 2 Physicist J. J. Thomson (33) weds Rose Elisabeth Paget

Physicist J. J. Thomson
Physicist
J. J. Thomson

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 7 Augusta Maria L Katharina, wife of German Emperor Wilhelm I, dies at 78
  • Jan 7 Hans Matthison-Hansen, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 14 Francesco D'Arcais, composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 17 Salomon Sulzer, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 18 Amadeus I FM, king of Spain (1870-73), dies at 44
  • Jan 20 Franz Paul Lachner, composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 30 Karl Merz, German-American composer (Brainard's Musical World), dies at 53