What Happened in January 1919

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Belorussian SSR established

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Jan 1 Edsel Ford succeeds his father, Henry Ford, as president of the Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • Jan 1 5th Rose Bowl: Great Lakes - US Navy beats Mare Island - USMC 17-0
  • Jan 2 Anti-British uprising in Ireland
  • Jan 2 Lithuania gains independence

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Jan 3 Herbert Hoover is placed in charge of war relief in Europe

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • Jan 3 The Faisal-Weizmann Agreement, which was a short-lived agreement for the development of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, is signed by the King of Iraq and the President of the World Zionist Organization
  • Jan 5 National Socialist Party (Nazi) forms as German Farmers' Party
  • Jan 5 Left-wing Spartacus organization instigates a revolt in Berlin; terrified by the spread of Bolshevism, German troops brutally suppress the uprising
  • Jan 7 The Industrial and Commercial Workers' Union of South Africa is founded, led by Clements Kadalie
  • Jan 7 Montenegrin guerrilla fighters rebel, but fail to prevent Serbia's annexation of Montenegro
  • Jan 11 3 year old German communist party (Spartacus) crushed
  • Jan 11 Romania annexes Transylvania
  • Jan 13 Dutch Soccer team OSV forms
  • Jan 14 John McGraw, Charles A Stoneham, & Judge MCQuade buy NY Giants
  • Jan 15 2 million gallons of molasses flood Boston MA, drowning 21
  • Jan 15 Frank Wedekind's "Die letzten Tage der Menschheit" premieres
  • Jan 15 Pianist & statesman Ignace Paderewski becomes first premier of Poland
  • Jan 15 Semana Tragica (Tragic Week): Bloodbath in Buenos Aires
  • Jan 15 W Collison & O Harbach's "Up in Mabel's Room" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 15 Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of the most prominent socialists in Germany, are tortured and murdered by the Freikorps
  • Jan 16 Prohibition ratified by 3/4 of US states; Nebraska is 36th
  • Jan 18 Bentley Motors Limited is founded
  • Jan 18 The Paris peace conference (aka the Versailles peace conference) opened to draw up the treaties formally ending the Great War (WW1)
  • Jan 19 National elections held in Germany to form a National Constituent Assembly and draft a constitution
  • Jan 21 Irish militant nationalist party Sinn Fein creates its own parliament in Dublin and declares Ireland independent of Great Britain, sparking the Irish War of Independence
  • Jan 25 Founding of League of Nations, 1st meeting 1 year later
  • Jan 30 Reds hire Pat Moran as manager as Christy Mathewson, is still in France with US Army
  • Jan 31 The Battle of George Square takes place in Glasgow, Scotland: troops deployed against protesters for fear of a Bolshevik uprising

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Bernard Drukker, Dutch organist/pianist/orchestra leader (Devil's Wheel)
  • Jan 1 Carole Landis, Fairchild WI, actress (One Million BC, Topper Returns)

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Jan 1 J[erome] D[avid] Salinger, novelist (Catcher in the Rye), born in NYC, New York

Novelist J. D. Salinger
J. D. Salinger
  • Jan 1 Rocky Graziano, US boxer (Middleweight champ) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in New York City
  • Jan 3 Jesse White, Buf NY, actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Million Dollar Mermaid)
  • Jan 4 Al "Jazbo" Collins, DJ (Tonight! America After Dark), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 4 Havelock Henry Trevor Hudson, underwriter (Lloyd's of London)
  • Jan 5 Severino Gazzelloni, Italian flautist (d. 1992)
  • Jan 11 Veda Ann Borg, actress (Avalanche, Accomplice), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 13 Army Archerd, Hollywood columnist/TV host (Movie Game)
  • Jan 13 Robert Stack, actor (Eliot Ness-Untouchables, Airplane), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 14 Andy Rooney, CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes), born in Albany, New York
  • Jan 14 Giulio Andreotti, 7 x premier (Italy), (d. 2013)
  • Jan 16 Bob Boucher, Kent Ohio, orchestra leader (Music on Ice)
  • Jan 18 Juan Antonio Orrego-Salas, Santiago Chile, composer
  • Jan 19 Anthony Dexter, [Walter Fleischmann], NB Canada, actor (Valentino)
  • Jan 19 Dharam Singh, India, field hockey player (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Jan 20 Alex Nicol, Ossining NY, actor (Man From Laramie, Air Cadet)
  • Jan 20 Royalton Kisch, British(?) conductor
  • Jan 20 Stepan Lucky, composer
  • Jan 21 Jinx Falkenburg, Barcelona Spain, actress (Masquerade Party)
  • Jan 23 Bob Paisley, English soccer player/trainer/manager of FC Liverpool
  • Jan 23 Ernie Kovacs, comedian (Ernie Kovacs' Show), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Jan 23 Nina Dumbadze, USSR, Discus thrower (Oly-bronze-1952)
  • Jan 23 Hans Hass, Austrian zoologist and underwater scientist, (d. 2013)
  • Jan 24 Leon Kirchner, contemporary classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • Jan 24 Nora Beloff, journalist/author
  • Jan 25 Edwin Newman, newscaster/journalist/author (NBC-TV, Comment), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 25 Patricia Louise Dalton, chair (Sherlock Holmes Society of London)
  • Jan 26 K C Ibrahim, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests India v WI 1948-49)
  • Jan 27 David Seville, [Ross Bagdasarian], (Alvin & Chipmunks), born in Fresno, California
  • Jan 27 H D Halsey, Bishop of Carlisle
  • Jan 27 Nina Milkina, Russian British pianist, born in Moscow (d. 2006)
  • Jan 29 Norman F Simpson, British playwright (One Way Pendulum)
  • Jan 30 Robert Suter, composer
  • Jan 30 Nikolay Glazkov, Russian poet (d. 1979)

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Jan 31 Jackie Robinson, Ga, 1st African American major league baseball player (Dodgers)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Jan 31 Robert Lowry, Baron Lowry. Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland and a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 William W Campbell, Canadian poet (Ian of the Orcades), dies at 60
  • Jan 1 Mikhail Drozdovsky, Russian general (b. 1881)
  • Jan 4 Georg von Hertling, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1843)

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Jan 6 Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (R: 1901-09; Nobel 1906), dies in NY at 60

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Jan 6 Max Heindel, Danish astrologer and mystic (b. 1865)
  • Jan 8 Peter Altenberg, writer, dies at 59
  • Jan 15 Karl Liebknecht, Marxist revolutionary, murdered at 47
  • Jan 15 Rosa Luxemburg, Marxist revolutionary, murdered
  • Jan 16 Jaroslav Jeremias, composer, dies at 19
  • Jan 16 Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves, President of Brazil (b. 1848)
  • Jan 18 John C F, son of English king George V, dies at 13
  • Jan 21 Gojong of Joseon, Emperor of Korea (b. 1852)
  • Jan 27 Endre Ady, Hungarian poet (b. 1877)
  • Jan 30 Sam Steele, Canadian soldier, dies from influenza at 71
  • Jan 31 Paul Lindau, German playwright/critic (Estimate), dies at 79