What Happened in January 1896

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Wilhelm Röntgen
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Wilhelm Röntgen
  • Jan 2 Battle at Doornkop, South Africa (Boers beat Dr Jamesons troops)
  • Jan 3 Emperor Wilhelm congratulates Pres Kruger on the Jameson Raid
  • Jan 4 AFL charters Actors' National Protective Union, NYC
  • Jan 4 Following Mormon abandonment of polygamy, Utah admitted as 45th state
  • Jan 5 Isaac Albeniz' opera "Pepita Jiminez" premieres in Barcelona
  • Jan 5 "Die Presse" newspaper (Germany) publicly announces Wilhelm Röntgen's discovery of X-rays and their potential for new methods of medical diagnoses in a front-page article
  • Jan 6 1st US women's 6-day bicycle race starts, Madison Square Garden
  • Jan 6 Cecil Rhodes resigns as premier of Cape colony
  • Jan 7 Fannie Farmer publishes her first cookbook "The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book"
  • Jan 12 1st X-ray photo in US (Dr Henry Smith, Davidson NC)
  • Jan 15 Henry Arthur Jones' "Michael & his Lost Angel" premieres in London
  • Jan 16 Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire.
  • Jan 18 1st demonstration of an X-ray machine in US (NYC)
  • Jan 18 British troops occupy Kumasi, West Africa
  • Jan 23 Edward Macdowell's 2nd Suite in E premieres
  • Jan 27 Tasmania bowl out Victoria for 65 for their 1st ever innings victory
  • Jan 29 Emile Grubbe is the first doctor to use radiation treatment for breast cancer

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Maurice Jacobson, composer
  • Jan 1 Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japans actor/director (Jujiro, Jigoku-mon)
  • Jan 1 Yitzhak Edel, composer
  • Jan 2 Dziga Vertiv, [Denis A Kaufman], Russian director (Sjagai, Soviet!)
  • Jan 2 Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, composer
  • Jan 2 Sir Lawrence Wackett, Australian aircraft engineer (d. 1982)
  • Jan 4 Everett Dirksen, American politician (Sen-R-Ill) (d. 1969)
  • Jan 5 Hendrik Algra, Dutch MP (ARP)
  • Jan 6 Abram N Pritzker, US businessman (Hyatt Hotels, McCall's magazine)
  • Jan 6 Freerk Siemon Wolters, notary/resistance fighter
  • Jan 7 Arnold Ridley, Bath England, actor/dramatist (The Ghost Train)
  • Jan 8 Jaromir Weinberger, Prague Czechoslovakia, composer (Bird's Opera)
  • Jan 8 Manuel Rojas Sepulveda, Chile, writer (Men of the South)
  • Jan 8 Arthur Ford, American psychic (d. 1971)
  • Jan 9 Warwick Braithwaite, New Zealand-born British conductor (d. 1971)
  • Jan 11 Eva Le Gallienne, English-American actress and director (Resurrection), born in London, England (d. 1991)
  • Jan 11 Paddy Driscoll, NFL QB/coach (Chic Cardinals, Bears)
  • Jan 12 Rex Ingram, Ireland, actor/director (Elmer Gantry, God's Little Acre)
  • Jan 12 David Wechsler, American psychologist (d. 1981)
  • Jan 14 John dos Passos, novelist (1919, Big Money, 42nd Parallel)
  • Jan 15 Jacobo Ficher, composer
  • Jan 16 Ruth Rose, American screenwriter (d. 1978)
  • Jan 17 Harry Reser, Ohio, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show)
  • Jan 18 Hans H Holm, Norwegian poet (Jonsoknatt)
  • Jan 18 C. M. Eddy, Jr., American writer (d. 1967)
  • Jan 20 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Janne Kubik)
  • Jan 20 George Burns, [Nathan Birnbaum], actor/comedian (Oh God), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Rolfe Sedan, actor (Mailman-George Burns Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Isabel Withers, American actress (d. 1968)
  • Jan 23 Charlotte A E M W, grand duchess of Luxembourg (1919-64)
  • Jan 25 John Moores, British gambling magnate/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 29 Teddy Hoad, cricketer (pioneering West Indian Test batsman)
  • Jan 31 Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1966)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 1 1st Filipino President Emilio Aguinaldo (26) weds first wife Hilaria del Rosario

Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Alfred Ely Beach, American inventor (b. 1826)
  • Jan 4 Joseph Hubert Reinkens, German Old Catholic bishop (b. 1821)
  • Jan 8 William Rainey Marshall, Governor of Minnesota (b. 1825)
  • Jan 8 Paul Verlaine, French poet (b. 1844)
  • Jan 15 Matthew B Brady, US photographer (Civil War), dies at about 72
  • Jan 18 Charles Floquet, French statesman (b. 1828)
  • Jan 20 Heinrich M von Battenberg, German son-in-law of Victoria, dies at 37
  • Jan 25 Frans C Baeckelmans, Flemish architect (Court of Justice), dies at 68
  • Jan 25 Frederic Leighton, President of the Royal Academy (1878-96), dies
  • Jan 28 Joseph Barnby, composer, dies at 57