What Happened in January 1893

Historical Events

  • 1st 1st US college extension courses for credit, Univ of Chicago
  • 1st Japan adopts the Gregorian calendar
  • 1st The railway line from Germiston to Pretoria, South Africa, is opened to traffic.
  • 2nd 1st US commemoratives & 1st US stamp to picture a woman issued (Queen Isabella, patron of Columbus)
  • 2nd World's Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago [or 0501]
  • 4th US President Cleveland grants amnesty to Mormon polygamy
  • 6th Great Northern Railway connects Seattle with east coast

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6th The Washington National Cathedral is chartered by Congress. The charter is signed by President Benjamin Harrison.

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • 7th Hermann Sudermanns "Heimat" premieres in Berlin
  • 10th Richard Drigo's ballet "Magic Flute" premieres, St Petersburg

Sports record brokenWorld Record

11th Jaap Eden skates world record 1500m (2:35)

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • 13th British Independent Labour Party forms (Keir Hardie as its leader)
  • 13th U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.
  • 17th -17°F (-27°C), Millsboro, Delaware (state record)
  • 17th Queen Liliuokalani deposed, Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic
  • 19th Henrik Ibsen's play The Master Builder premieres in Berlin.
  • 21st The Tati Concessions Land, formerly part of Matabeleland, was formally annexed to the Bechuanaland Protectorate which is now Botswana.
  • 28th Edward Mcdowell's "Hamlet & Ophelia" premieres in Boston
  • 31st "Westminster Gazette" begins publishing

Famous Birthdays

  • 2nd Lillian Leitzel, German acrobat and strongwoman (d. 1931)
  • 3rd Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, French novelist/essayist (Gilles)
  • 4th Manuel Palau Boix, composer
  • 4th Yone Minagawa, Japanese, became worlds oldest living person January 29, 2007. (d. Aug. 13, 2007)
  • 5th Friedrich Blume, German musicologist (Das Rassenproblem in der Musik)
  • 5th Zoltán Böszörmény, Hungarian Nazi politician (d. unknown)
  • 5th Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru (d. 1952)
  • 10th Albert Jacka, Australian soldier, first Australian World War I Victoria Cross winner (d. 1932)

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12th Hermann Goering, Rosenheim Bavaria, leading Nazi politician and party member

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 12th Alfred Rosenberg, German Nazi official (d. 1946)
  • 13th Clarke Ashton Smith, US, sci-fi author (Lost Worlds, Genius Loci)
  • 13th Jan Evangelista Zelinka, composer
  • 13th Roy Cazaly, Australian rules footballer (d. 1963)
  • 15th Ivor Novello (David Ivor Davies, Cardiff Wales, composer/writer/actor (Truth Game)
  • 15th Dragisa Cvetkovic, Serbian premiere of Yugoslavia (1939-4.)
  • 16th Daisy Kennedy, Australian violinist (d. 1981)
  • 18th John Lawrence Seymour, composer
  • 20th Kaj Birket-Smith, Danish etnologist/anthropologist (Eskimos)
  • 20th Georg Åberg, Swedish athlete (d. 1946)
  • 22nd Conrad Veidt, Potsdam Germany, actor (Cabinet of Dr Calgary)
  • 23rd Frank Carlson, (Gov/Rep/Sen-R-Ks)
  • 26th Bessie Coleman, 1st African American airplane pilot
  • 26th Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (d. 1976)
  • 27th Soong Ching-ling, Chinese wife of Sun Yat-sen (d. 1981)
  • 28th Elliot Griffis, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 29th Edric Cundell, composer
  • 29th Martian Negrea, composer
  • 31st Freya Stark, English explorer/ travel writer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

18th British Poet and writer Rudyard Kipling (26) marries Carrie Balestier (29) in London


Famous Deaths

  • 2nd John Obadiah Westwood, British entomologist (b. 1805)
  • 7th Jožef Stefan, Slovenian physicist and mathematician (b. 1835)
  • 9th Mohara, Arab ivory/slave trader, dies in battle & is eaten
  • 11th Benjamin F Butler, US gen/presidential candidate (anti-monopoly), dies at 74
  • 15th Fanny Kemble, British actress and author (b. 1809)
  • 16th Johan Philip Koelman, painter/sculptor/architect, dies at 74

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17th Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th US President (1877-81), dies of a heart attack at 70

19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes
19th US President
Rutherford B. Hayes
  • 19th Julius Eichberg, composer, dies at 68
  • 22nd Vincenz Lachner, composer, dies at 81
  • 23rd Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Spanish poet (Granada), dies at 75
  • 23rd Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1825)
  • 26th Abner Doubleday, credited with inventing baseball, dies on 74th birthday
  • 27th James G Blaine, US minister of foreign affairs, dies at 62