What Happened in January 1909

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Robert Fowler runs then world record marathon (2:52:45.4)
  • Jan 1 Drilling begins on the Lakeview Gusher.
  • Jan 1 In Great Britain, the Old Age Pension Law is finally instituted, providing pensions for every British subject over 70 with low income
  • Jan 2 1st official Dutch 11 city skate (Minne Hoekstra in 13:50)
  • Jan 5 Colombia recognizes Panama's independence

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Jan 9 Ernest Shackleton as part of the British Nimrod Expedition reaches a record farthest South latitude (88°23' south)

Polar Explorer Ernest Shackleton
Polar Explorer
Ernest Shackleton
  • Jan 14 Coöp. Far. Central Management forms
  • Jan 16 British explorers David, Mawson & Mackay reach south magnetic pole as part of the Nimrod Expedition
  • Jan 19 Eugene Walter's "Easiest Way" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 22 Vassily Kandinsky forms Kunstlerverein in Munich
  • Jan 23 1st radio rescue at sea
  • Jan 25 Richard Strauss' premier of "Elektra" in Dresden
  • Jan 27 The Young Left is founded in Norway.
  • Jan 28 US military forces leave Cuba for 2nd time

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Barry Goldwater, (Sen-R-Az, 1953-65, 69- )/Presidential candidate (R) 1964)
  • Jan 1 D D Hindlekar, cricketer (Indian batsman & wicket-keeper 1936-46)
  • Jan 1 Dana Andrews, American actor (Battle of the Bulge, Laura), born in Covington County, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • Jan 1 Stepan Bandera, Ukrainian nationalist leader (d. 1959)
  • Jan 2 Rene Etiemble, French literature historian (Parlez-vous Franglais)
  • Jan 3 Victor Borge, [Borge Rosenbaum], Copenhagen Denmark, pianist/comedian
  • Jan 5 Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith, bibliophile
  • Jan 5 Stephen Cole Kleene, mathematician (Regular Expressions)
  • Jan 6 Johannes H Moesman, Dutch surrealist painter (Rumor)
  • Jan 6 Keith Davis, voice tutor/author
  • Jan 8 Bruce Mitchell, cricketer (South African bat, their top run-scorer (3471))
  • Jan 8 Willy Millowitsch, German actor (d. 1999)
  • Jan 8 Evelyn Wood, American educator (d. 1995)
  • Jan 9 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, born in Florence (d. 1994)
  • Jan 10 Grace Mitchell, educator
  • Jan 10 Rudolf Kubin, composer
  • Jan 11 Gunnar Johnsen Berg, composer
  • Jan 11 Marguerite Kelsey, English model/painter (Haunting)
  • Jan 12 Mauritz Hugo, Sweden, actor (Atomic Blonde, Road Agent)
  • Jan 13 Danny Barker, jazz guitarist
  • Jan 13 Marinus van der Lubbe, Dutch communist
  • Jan 14 Joseph Walton Losey, Wisconsin, director (Damned, Accident)
  • Jan 15 Elie Siegmeister, American composer (Plough & the Stars), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 15 Enrique Sasal y Chapi, composer
  • Jan 15 Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman's drummer (Sing Sing Sing)
  • Jan 15 Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer (d. 1939)
  • Jan 19 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (d. 2003)
  • Jan 21 Todor Skalovski, composer
  • Jan 22 Ann Sothern, [Harriette Lake], ND, actress (Lady in a Cage)
  • Jan 22 Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962)
  • Jan 22 U Thant, Burma, Burmese politician and 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1961-72), born in Pantanaw, Myanmar
  • Jan 22 Porfirio Rubirosa, Dominican diplomat and international playboy (d. 1965)
  • Jan 23 Norman Fulton, composer
  • Jan 24 Ann Todd, English actress (The Paradine Case, Taste of Fear), born in Hartford, England (d. 1993)
  • Jan 24 Tiny Winters, musician
  • Jan 28 Lionel KP "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II-George Medal)
  • Jan 29 Alan Marshal, Australian actor (White Cliffs of Dover, Lydia), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jan 29 George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy, British politician (Speaker of the House of Commons), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 1997)
  • Jan 30 Mihaly Hajou, composer
  • Jan 30 Richard Hearne, Norwich England, actor (Capt Horatio Hornblower)
  • Jan 30 Saul David Alinsky, radical writer (John L Lewis), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 31 Foley Newns, British colonial administrator
  • Jan 31 Miron Grindea, literary editor

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 12 Hermann Minkowski, German mathematician (b. 1864)
  • Jan 14 Sinovi P Rozhestvensky, Russian admiral, dies at 60
  • Jan 15 Ernest Reyer, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 15 Ernest von Wildenbruch, German playwright (Das Edle Blut), dies at 63
  • Jan 15 Arnold Janssen missionary (b. 1837)
  • Jan 17 Sir Francis Smith, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1819
  • Jan 22 Richard A C E Erlenmeyer, German chemist, dies at 83