What Happened in January 1912

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 1st running of SF's famed "Bay to Breakers" race (7.63 miles/12.3 km)
  • Jan 1 Sun Yat-sen forms Chinese Republic
  • Jan 1 The Republic of China is established.
  • Jan 3 South Pacific RR offers to bring Liberty Bell to Exposition, free
  • Jan 3 10th Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA in Christchurch (5-0)
  • Jan 4 Smallest earth-moon distance this century, 356,375 km center-to-ctr
  • Jan 4 The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Commonwealth by Royal Charter.
  • Jan 5 1st National Hockey Association game (Victoria)
  • Jan 5 The Prague Party Conference takes place.
  • Jan 6 New Mexico becomes 47th state of the Union

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Jan 6 Alfred Wegener, geophysicist and meteorologist, presents his controversial theory of continental drift in a lecture at a the Geological Association (Geologischen Vereinigung) at the Senckenberg-Museum, Frankfurt.

Meteorologist, Geologist, Astronomist Alfred Wegener
Meteorologist, Geologist, Astronomist
Alfred Wegener
  • Jan 8 Chiefs, representatives of people's and church organisations, and other prominent individuals form the African National Congress and declare its aim to bring all Africans together as one people to defend their rights and freedoms
  • Jan 9 US Marines send troops to Honduras
  • Jan 10 Caillaux government in France resigns
  • Jan 10 World's 1st flying boat's maiden flight, (Glenn Curtiss in NY)
  • Jan 11 Bread & Roses Strike begins in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Jan 12 -47°F (-44°C), Washta, Iowa (state record)
  • Jan 13 -40°F (-40°C), Oakland, Maryland (state record)
  • Jan 14 Raymond Poincaré becomes premier of France

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Jan 17 Captain Robert Scott's expedition arrives at the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen

Polar Explorer Robert Scott
Polar Explorer
Robert Scott
Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • Jan 23 The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague.
  • Jan 29 Martial law declared in textile strike in Lawrence, MA

Famous Birthdays

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Jan 1 Kim Philby, British spy/Soviet mole

  • Jan 1 Victor Reuther, Wheeling WV, labor leader
  • Jan 1 Boris Vladimirovich Gnedenko, Russian mathematician (d. 1995)
  • Jan 2 Andre Ameller, composer
  • Jan 2 Barbara Pentland, Winnipeg Canada, composer
  • Jan 2 Renato Guttuso, Italian painter (Flight from Etna, Crucifixion)
  • Jan 3 Robert Flemyng, actor (Windom's Way, Young Winston), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jan 3 Renaude Lapointe, Canadian journalist and senator (d. 2002)
  • Jan 3 Armand Lohikoski, Finnish director (d. 2005)
  • Jan 5 Frank Pace Jr, US Secretary of Army (1950-53)
  • Jan 6 Jacques Cesar Ellul, writer
  • Jan 7 Charles Addams, cartoonist (New Yorker, Addams Family)
  • Jan 7 Günter Wand, German conductor, composer (d. 2002)
  • Jan 8 José Ferrer, San Juan Puerto Rico, actor/director (Blood Tide, Dune)
  • Jan 8 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (True Face of Peace)
  • Jan 9 Ralph Tubbs, architect
  • Jan 10 Maria Mandel, Camp leader at Auschwitz (d. 1948)
  • Jan 11 Donald Barry, actor (Mr Gallo-Mr Novak), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 11 Roger Lewis, aviation exec (Lockheed, Curtiss Wright, Pan Am)
  • Jan 11 Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, Waco Texas, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • Jan 12 Peter Pooley, broadcaster
  • Jan 15 Michel Debré, French politician (d. 1996)
  • Jan 16 Franz Tumler, Austria, author/novelist (Cloak, Aufruf)
  • Jan 17 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer
  • Jan 18 Charles Moeller, Belgian theologist (Humanism et saintete)
  • Jan 18 William Sansom, English writer (Loving Eye)
  • Jan 19 Francis David Charteris, earl of Wemyss & March/Scottish landowner
  • Jan 19 Jean G H "Sjeng" Tans, Dutch soc dem chairman (1965-69)
  • Jan 19 Leonid V Kantorovich, St Petersburg Russia, economist (Nobel)
  • Jan 20 Christopher Casson, Irish actor (Zardoz, Educating Rita)
  • Jan 20 Walter Briggs, Jr., American sports executive (d. 1970)
  • Jan 21 Konrad Bloch, Germany, biochemist (studied cholesterol-Nobel 1964)
  • Jan 23 Ank van der Moer, actress (Verkade, Dutch Comedy)
  • Jan 24 Ken Weekes, cricketer (WI batsman v England 1939, 137 at The Oval)
  • Jan 25 Lucius E Burch Jr, US lawyer/civil rights leader
  • Jan 26 Cora Baird, puppeteer (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 27 Lawrence Durrell, Darjeeling, Indian/British writer (Private Country, Alexandria Quartet)
  • Jan 27 Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher

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Jan 28 Jackson Pollock, Cody Wyoming, expressionist painter (Lavender Mist)

  • Jan 28 William "Bill" Henson, English diplomat (Prague 1939)
  • Jan 29 "Professor" Irwin Corey, comedian (Car Wash, Doc), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 29 Jacob "Jaap" Balk, journalist (AH, Onder de Keizerskroon)
  • Jan 30 Barbara Tuchman, US, historian/author (Pulitzer, Guns of August)
  • Jan 30 Jadwiga Wajsowna-Marcinkiewicz, discus thrower (Oly-bronze-1932)
  • Jan 30 Francis Schaeffer, American Evangelical theologian and pastor (d. 1984)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Felix Dahn, German histrian, jurist and poet, dies at 77
  • Jan 7 Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake, English Physician and Feminist, dies at 71
  • Jan 14 Otto Liebmann, German philosopher (Kant & Epigones), dies at 71
  • Jan 16 Georg Heym, German writer, dies in an ice skating accident at 24
  • Jan 28 Gustave de Molinari, Belgian economist (b. 1819)
  • Jan 29 Hermann Bang, Danish writer, dies at 54