What Happened in January 1894

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Denmark adopts Mid-European time
  • Jan 1 Manchester Ship Canal in England opens to traffic
  • Jan 1 South African Amateur Athletic Union is founded in Johannesburg.
  • Jan 4 France ratifies Duple Alliance with Russia
  • Jan 7 Early 5 second film of Fred Ott sneezing shot by Edison Manufacturing - 1st ever copyrighted
  • Jan 8 Columbus World's fair in Chicago destroyed by fire
  • Jan 9 "Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze" released in movie theaters
  • Jan 9 Georges Feydeau's "Un à la Patte" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 9 New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts.
  • Jan 13 Revolution in Sicily crushed by government troops
  • Jan 21 Oscar Fredriksen skates world record 500m in 47.8 sec
  • Jan 23 G W Bunbury of Dublin sets shorthand record of 250 wpm for 10 min
  • Jan 25 James J Corbett KOs Charley Mitchell in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jan 27 1st college basketball game, University of Chicago beats Chicago YMCA 19-11
  • Jan 27 Midwinter Fair opens in Golden Gate Park
  • Jan 30 Pneumatic hammer patented by Charles King of Detroit
  • Jan 30 US flag fired on in Rio; prompt satisfaction exacted by Adm Benham

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Shitsu Nakano, Japanese supercentenarian (d. 2007)
  • Jan 1 Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian mathematician (d. 1974)
  • Jan 2 Robert Nathan, American poet, novelist (Portrait of Jennie), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 3 ZaSu Pitts, American actress (Life With Father, Dames, Wedding March), born in Parsons, Kansas (d. 1963)
  • Jan 4 Wesley La Violette, composer
  • Jan 4 Manuel de Abreu, Brazilian physician (d. 1962)
  • Jan 7 Jose Rozo Contreras, Colombian composer (d. 1976)
  • Jan 8 St Maximilian Kolbe, Polish martyr (d. 1941)
  • Jan 9 Henryk Stazewski, Polish abstract painter/graphic artist
  • Jan 10 Reginald Denham, Broadway director (Obsession, The Bad Seed), born in London, England
  • Jan 11 Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer and conductor (d. 1970)
  • Jan 15 Edmond Rubbens, Belgian attorney/minister of colonization
  • Jan 16 Guy Chamberlin, early NFL end/coach (Canton, Frankford, Cards)
  • Jan 16 Irving Mills, American jazz music publisher (d. 1985)
  • Jan 18 Wilhelm HC Tenhaeff, Dutch parapsychologist
  • Jan 20 Harold L Gray, creator (Little Orphan Annie)
  • Jan 20 Walter Hamor Piston, Rockland Maine, composer (Incredible Flutis)
  • Jan 22 Charles Morgan, England, writer (Fountain)
  • Jan 22 Matt McHugh, PA, actor (Taxi, Freaks, Barbary Coast, Innocent Affair)
  • Jan 23 Remy Angenot, Flemish actor (Patriot/Idiot)
  • Jan 27 Fritz Pollard, early African American NFL star (1920-26)
  • Jan 30 Boris III, Tsar of Bulgaria (1918-43)
  • Jan 30 Marcel Canneel, Flemish painter (Reuzenstoet)
  • Jan 31 Percy Helton, NY, actor (Jail Busters, Harbor of Missing Men)
  • Jan 31 Isham Jones, American musician (d. 1956)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Heinrich Rudolf Hertz, German physicist (b. 1857)
  • Jan 8 Pierre-Joseph van Beneden, paleont (life of tapeworms), dies at 84
  • Jan 13 Nadezhda von Meck, Russian patroness of Pyotr Tchaikovsky (b. 1831)
  • Jan 19 Francois Haverschmidt, Dutch writer, dies at 58
  • Jan 21 Guillaume Jean Joseph Nicolas Lekeu, composer, dies at 24