What Happened in January 1899

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Cuba liberated from Spanish rule by the US, American occupation continues till 1902
  • Jan 3 The first known use of the word automobile, was seen in an editorial in The New York Times.
  • Jan 5 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure-Charles Augustus Milverton (BG)
  • Jan 7 Walter Camp publishes his 1st All-American football team in Collier's
  • Jan 12 Lynmouth Lifeboat rescues 18 people from the stricken schooner Forest Hall off the coast of Devon
  • Jan 17 US takes possession of Wake Island in Pacific
  • Jan 19 Anglo-Egyptian Sudan forms
  • Jan 21 Opel manufactured its first automobile.
  • Jan 22 Leaders of six Australian colonies meet in Melbourne to discuss confederation.

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Jan 23 Emilio Aguinaldo is sworn in as President of the First Philippine Republic.

Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo
  • Jan 24 Belgium government of Vandenpeereboom forms
  • Jan 24 Rubber heel patented by Humphrey O'Sullivan
  • Jan 28 American Social Science Association incorporated by Congress

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa, composer
  • Jan 1 Lev V Kuleshov, Russian director/theorist (Po Zakonu)
  • Jan 1 Raymond Loucheur, composer
  • Jan 2 Alexander Tcherepnin, St Petersburg Russia, composer
  • Jan 2 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgium, premier/sec-gen of NATO (1957-61)
  • Jan 6 Phyllis Haver, Douglas KS, silent screen actress (What Price Glory)
  • Jan 7 Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc, composer/pianist (Les Biches), born in Paris, France
  • Jan 7 Kenneth Thomson, Pitts, actor (Broadway Melody, Little Giant)
  • Jan 8 Solomon WRD Bandaranaike, premier of Ceylon (1956-59)
  • Jan 12 Paul H Muller, Swiss chemist (DDT-Nobel 1948)
  • Jan 12 Pierre Bernac, French baritone (d. 1979)
  • Jan 14 Fritz Bayerlein, German lt-general (WW I, Poland, Libya, St-Lo)
  • Jan 14 Carlos Romulo, Filipino diplomat and author (d. 1985)
  • Jan 15 Goodman Ace, radio/TV actor/columnist/humorist (Better of Goodman)

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Jan 17 Al Capone, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), born in Brooklyn, New York

Gangster Al Capone
Al Capone
  • Jan 17 Nevil Shute [Norway], novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice), born in London, England
  • Jan 17 Robert Maynard Hutchins, US, educator/civil libertarian
  • Jan 17 Roel [Martinus F] Houwink, Dutch literary (1 Man Without Character)
  • Jan 19 [John] Herbert Whitton Sumsion, organist/composer
  • Jan 20 Alexander Tcherepnin, composer
  • Jan 20 Kenjiro Takayanagi, VP (JVC)
  • Jan 21 Lido Manetti [Arnold Kent], Italian-born American actor (Quo Vardis), born in Florence (d. 1928)
  • Jan 22 Guido Kisch, Czech/German/US historian (Jews in medieval Germany)
  • Jan 23 Joseph Nathan Kane, historian (Famous Firsts)
  • Jan 23 Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (d. 1931)
  • Jan 25 Goodman Ace, comedian (Easy Aces), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • Jan 25 "Sleepy" John Estes, blues musician, born in Ripley, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • Jan 26 Wyllis Cooper, Pekin Ill, TV narrator (Volume One)
  • Jan 27 Granville English, composer
  • Jan 28 Zilner T Randolph, jazz trumpeter/arranger
  • Jan 28 Elias Simojoki, Finnish clergyman and politician (d. 1940)
  • Jan 30 Max Theiler, South African and American virologist who developed vaccine for Yellow Fever (Nobel Prize 1951), born in Pretoria (d. 1972)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 10 Gerard Keller, Dutch writer (Vlugmaren), dies at 69
  • Jan 12 Hiram Walker, American distiller (b. 1816)
  • Jan 25 Alfredo d'Escragnolle, French/Brazilian writer (Innocencia), dies
  • Jan 29 Alfred Sisley, painter, dies
  • Jan 29 Robert J Fruin, Dutch historian (80-year war), dies at 75