What Happened in January 1898

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Brooklyn merges with NY to form present City of NY
  • Jan 1 Lightship replaces whistling buoy at mouth of SF Bay
  • Jan 1 d'Annunzio's "Sogno d'un mattino di primavera," premieres in Rome
  • Jan 4 1st installment of William Dean Howell's "Life & Letters" appears
  • Jan 6 1st telephone message from a submerged submarine, by Simon Lake
  • Jan 12 Itō Hirobumi begins his third term as Prime Minister of Japan.
  • Jan 13 Emile Zola publishes his open letter (J'accuse) in defense of Alfred Dreyfus
  • Jan 14 Joe Darling hits the 1st six in Tests (out of the ground)
  • Jan 19 Brown defeats Harvard 6-0 in 1st intercollegiate hockey game

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 George van Derton, Belgian racer (won 500 race)
  • Jan 1 Viktor Ullmann, opera composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis)
  • Jan 3 Johannes Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • Jan 4 Roger Vuataz, composer
  • Jan 6 Jan Filip Boon, Flemish author/editor (De Standaard 1929-39)
  • Jan 6 Charles E. Pont, American artist (d. 1971)
  • Jan 7 Art Baker, American TV host (You Asked For It), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 7 Geronimo Baqueiro Foster, composer
  • Jan 7 Al Bowlly, British jazz singer (d. 1941)
  • Jan 9 Gracie Fields, [Stansfield], England, music hall/vaudeville performer
  • Jan 9 Vilma Banky, Budapest Hungary, silent screen actress (Eagle, Rebel)
  • Jan 9 Wally Baker, American supercentenarian
  • Jan 11 Hans Rudolf Krik, Danish writer/critic (Fiskerne, Slaven)
  • Jan 12 Jose Forns y Cuadras, composer
  • Jan 13 Pedro DE Teixeira de Mattos, Dutch diplomat
  • Jan 13 Kai Munk, Danish playwright and Lutheran pastor, martyr (d. 1944)
  • Jan 13 Carlo Tagliabue, Italian baritone (d. 1978)
  • Jan 14 Helen Flint, actress (Sea Devils, Married Before Breakfast), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 16 Margaret Booth, American film editor (d. 2002)
  • Jan 16 Irving Rapper, UK-US film director (d. 1999)
  • Jan 20 Colin Clive, [Greig], St Malo France, actor (Bride of Frankenstein)
  • Jan 20 U Razak, Burmese politician (d. 1947)
  • Jan 21 Avery Claflin, composer
  • Jan 21 John George, Syria, actor (Kolb-Adventures of Fu Manchu)
  • Jan 22 Alexander Abramsky, composer
  • Jan 22 Ben van Eysselsteijn, Dutch writer (Arid Earth)
  • Jan 22 Gustaf Paulson, composer
  • Jan 22 Hans van Werveke, Flemish historian (Diocese Terwaan)
  • Jan 22 Ross R Barnett, lawyer/(Gov-D-Miss)
  • Jan 22 Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), born in Riga, Latvia [NS] (d. 1948)
  • Jan 23 Randolph Scott, actor (Last of the Mohicans, Western Union)
  • Jan 23 Freda Utley, British scholar and author (d. 1978)
  • Jan 24 Cliff Heathcote, American baseball player (d. 1939)
  • Jan 25 Joachim Wach, German/US philosopher/sociologist (Understanding)
  • Jan 28 Vittorio Rieti, composer
  • Jan 28 Wies Moens, Flemish writer/nazi
  • Jan 29 Fernand Quinet, Belgian cellist/composer/conductor (La Guerre)
  • Jan 29 Karl Bjarnhof, Danish blind journalist/writer (History of Sascha)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 10 Painter Henri Matisse (28) weds Amélie Noellie Parayre

Impressionist Painter Henri Matisse
Impressionist Painter
Henri Matisse

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 James Wimshurst, British designer/inventor (vacuum pump), dies at 70
  • Jan 4 Frantisek Pivoda, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 11 Gaetano Capocci, composer, dies at 86

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 14 Lewis Carroll, English writer (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), dies at 65

Author and Mathematician Lewis Carroll
Author and Mathematician
Lewis Carroll
  • Jan 16 Charles Pelham Villiers, longest-serving MP in the British House of Commons (b. 1802)
  • Jan 23 W. A. Remy [Wilhelm Mayer], Austro-Bohemian composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 28 Alexandru Flechtenmacher, composer, dies at 74