What Happened in January 1897

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 1st football game between black colleges-Atlanta U 10, Tuskegee 0
  • Jan 8 Michael Eagan wins 1st US national amateur handball championship
  • Jan 10 Henrik Ibsen's "John Gabriel Borkman" premieres in Helsingfors
  • Jan 10 Vincent d'Indy's "Istar" premieres in Amsterdam & Brussels
  • Jan 11 M H Cannon becomes 1st woman state senator in US (Utah)
  • Jan 14 6,960 m (22,834 ft) Cerro Aconcagua (Argentina) 1st climbed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 John Dewey's essay "My Pedagogic Creed" appears in School Journal

Philosopher, Psychologist, Writer John Dewey
Philosopher, Psychologist, Writer
John Dewey
  • Jan 23 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Abbey Grange" (BG)
  • Jan 23 Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The resulting murder trial of her husband is perhaps the only case in United States history where the alleged testimony of a ghost helped secure a conviction.
  • Jan 26 Battle at Bida Gold Coast: British troops beat Nupe's army
  • Jan 27 British troops occupy Bida Gold Coast (Ghana)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Walter Greaza, actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Jan 2 Jim Londos, Greek wrestler (d. 1975)
  • Jan 3 Marion Davies, [Marion Cecelia Douras], Bkln, actress (Operator 13)
  • Jan 3 Pola Negri, [Barbara A Chalupec], Polish/US actress (Madame Bovary)
  • Jan 5 Jack Wagner, OH, actor (Jive Junction)
  • Jan 5 Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Lady Fanny, Bel Ami)
  • Jan 6 Billy Greene, actor (Burton-One Man's Family)
  • Jan 8 Dennis Wheatley, British author (d. 1977)
  • Jan 9 Luis Gianneo, composer
  • Jan 9 Karl Löwith, German philosopher (d. 1973)
  • Jan 10 Albert Moeschinger, composer
  • Jan 11 August Heissmeyer, German SS officer (d. 1979)
  • Jan 12 Hendrik J Valk, painter/cartoonist/graphic artist
  • Jan 14 Hasso von Manteuffel, German general and politician (d. 1978)
  • Jan 15 Xu Zhimo, Chinese poet (d. 1931)
  • Jan 16 Carlos Pellicer, Mexican poet (d. 1977)
  • Jan 17 Nils Asther, Swedish actor (Bluebeard, Night Monster), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 1981)
  • Jan 17 Marcel Petiot, French mass murderer (d. 1946)
  • Jan 19 Natacha Rambova, Salt Lake City UT, costume designer
  • Jan 19 René Victor, Flemish lawyer/knight (Rechtskundig Weekblad)
  • Jan 20 Mae Busch, Australian/US actress (Cowboy Socialist)
  • Jan 21 J. Carrol Naish, American actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • Jan 21 René Iché, French sculptor (d. 1954)
  • Jan 22 Josef Stanislav, composer
  • Jan 22 Rosa Ponselle, opera diva (Casta Diva, La Forza del Destino)
  • Jan 22 "Blind" Willie Johnson American blues/spiritual singer and guitarist
  • Jan 23 Subhas Chandra Bose, Indian politician
  • Jan 23 Sir William Samuel Stephenson, Canadian soldier, W.W.II codename, Intrepid. Inspiration for James Bond. (d. 1989)
  • Jan 23 Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Austrian architect (d. 2000)
  • Jan 28 Valentin Kataev, novelist/playwright (Embezzled), born in Odessa Ukraine (d. 1986)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 12 Isaac Pitman, British inventor (Pitman Shorthand) (b. 1813)
  • Jan 30 John Cottam, cricket (Test for Aust 1897, no Sheffield matches), dies