What Happened in January 1911

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Belgian Mining law introduces 9½ hour work day
  • Jan 1 South Australia transfers Northern Territory to federal government
  • Jan 2 Brookyln Dodgers President Charles Ebbets announces purchase of grounds to build a new concrete-and-steel stadium to seat 30,000
  • Jan 3 US postal savings bank inaugurated
  • Jan 3 The Government of India announces that emigration to Natal, Southern Africa, is prohibited with effect from 1 July
  • Jan 3 The Russian Turkestan city of Almaty is destroyed by a magnitude 7.7 earthquake
  • Jan 5 Portuguese expel Jesuits
  • Jan 5 San Francisco has its first air meet
  • Jan 7 1st airplane bombing experiments with explosives, San Francisco
  • Jan 7 Dutch Scouts Organization established in Amsterdam
  • Jan 10 1st photo in US taken from an airplane, San Diego
  • Jan 10 Honduras signs treaty turning over customs to US (not ratified)
  • Jan 10 Trumper scored double cricket ton v South Africa, goes on to get 214
  • Jan 12 The University of the Philippines College of Law is formally established; three future Philippine presidents are among the first enrollees.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Die Ratten" premieres in Berlin

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann

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Jan 13 Roald Amundsen anchors at Walvis Bay, southwestern Africa

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • Jan 13 South Africa's 1st win over Australia, at Adelaide
  • Jan 14 Roald Amundsen's South Pole expedition lands on the Ross Ice Shelf
  • Jan 16 Pandora becomes 1st 2-man sailboat to round Cape Horn west to east
  • Jan 17 Failed assassination attempt on premier Briand in French Assembly
  • Jan 17 Percy Mackaye's "Scarecrow" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 18 1st shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park to USS Pennsylvania)
  • Jan 26 Glenn Curtiss pilots 1st successful hydroplane, San Diego
  • Jan 26 Richard Strauss's opera "Die Rosenkavalier" premieres, Dresden
  • Jan 28 Frenchman Henri Rougier wins 1st Rally of Monte Carlo
  • Jan 30 1st rescue of an air passenger by a ship, near Havana, Cuba
  • Jan 30 The Canadian Naval Service becomes the Royal Canadian Navy
  • Jan 31 Congress names SF as Panama Canal opening celebration site

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Endre Szervanszky, composer [or Dec 27]

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Jan 1 Hank Greenberg "Hammerin' Hank", Hall-of-Fame 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Jan 3 John Sturges, American director (Old Man & Sea, Magnificent 7)
  • Jan 5 Jean-Pierre Aumont, actor (Cat & Mouse, Happy Hooker) (d. 2001), born in Paris, France
  • Jan 6 Eduardo Frei Montalva, president of Chile (1964-70)
  • Jan 6 Joey Adams, American comedian/actor/columnist (ABC's Back That Fact), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 6 Nikolai Afanasyevich Kryuchkov, actor (Telegram, Town People)
  • Jan 6 Yannis Andreou Papaioannou, composer
  • Jan 7 Merv Waite, cricketer (S Australian all-rounder)
  • Jan 7 Butterfly McQueen, [Thelma], actress (Gone With the Wind), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jan 8 Andrej Ocenas, composer
  • Jan 9 Richard Selwyn Francis Schiling, British professor of occupational health, born in Kessingland, Suffolk (d. 1997)
  • Jan 9 Stafford WIlliam Somerfield, British newspaper editor
  • Jan 10 Jan Boon, [Tjalie Robinson], Dutch East Indies publicist (Tong Tong)
  • Jan 11 Nora Heysen, Australian artist (d. 2003)
  • Jan 11 Zenko Suzuki, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 2004)
  • Jan 13 Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, premier (Queensland)
  • Jan 14 George Amadee Tremblay, composer
  • Jan 14 Helmut Degen, composer
  • Jan 14 Anatoly Rybakov, Russian writer (d. 1998)
  • Jan 15 Cy Feuer, Broadway producer (Feuer & Martin-Chorus Line), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • Jan 15 Wim Kan, Dutch cabaretier
  • Jan 16 Gilbert Gadoffre, French scholar
  • Jan 16 Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, HOF baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Jan 16 Roger Lapébie, French cyclist (d. 1996)
  • Jan 17 Hermann Pfrogner, Austrian musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus)
  • Jan 18 Gabor Darvas, composer
  • Jan 21 Stanley William Reed, cineaste
  • Jan 22 Bruno Kreisky, Austrian bandleader/chancellor (1970-83)
  • Jan 22 Roberto Garcia Morillo, composer
  • Jan 22 Suzanne Danco, Belgian opera singer
  • Jan 23 Dan Smith, harmonica/gospel singer
  • Jan 24 C[atherine] L[ucille] Moore, American sci-fi author (Judgment Night)
  • Jan 25 Julia Frances Smith, composer
  • Jan 26 Norbert Schultze, composer
  • Jan 26 Polykarp Kusch, American nuclear physicist: Nobel 1955
  • Jan 27 Benay Venuta, actress (Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Mister), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 27 George Pope, cricketer (Eng pace bowler, 1-49 & 0-36 in his only Test)
  • Jan 29 George Burns, British major-general
  • Jan 29 Peter von Siemens, German industrialist (d. 1986)
  • Jan 30 Alexander George Ogston, biochemist
  • Jan 30 Hugh Marlowe, actor (Ellery Queen), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 30 Roy Eldridge, Pitts, Pennsylvania, American jazz trumpeter (Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw)
  • Jan 31 A G Ogston, president (Trinity College-Oxford)
  • Jan 31 Christina Foyle, book seller
  • Jan 31 Eddie Byrne, British actor (d. 1981)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 5 British PM Neville Chamberlain (41) weds Anne de Vere Cole

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 7 Actress Mary Pickford (19) weds actor Owen Moore (25)

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 11 Actress Hattie McDaniel (16) weds pianist Howard Hickman


Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Alexandros Papadiamantis, Greek author (b. 1851)
  • Jan 9 Edwin Arthur Jones, composer, dies at 57
  • Jan 9 Edvard Rusjan, Slovene flight pioneer (b. 1886)
  • Jan 15 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, dies at 49
  • Jan 17 Francis Galton, British anthropologist and geneticist (eugenics), dies at 88
  • Jan 24 Carl Eilhardt, composer, dies at 67
  • Jan 24 David Graham Phillips, American journalist and novelist (b. 1867)
  • Jan 24 Kanno Sugako, Japanese anarcho-feminist, hanged for her role in the plot to assassinate Emperor Meiji
  • Jan 26 Charles Wentworth Dilke, English undersecretary of State, dies at 67