Historical Events in January 1883

  • Jan 2 Battle of Boschberg takes place in South Africa as part of the Mapoch War
  • Jan 4 Ontario Rugby Football Union (forerunner of CFL) forms
  • Jan 6 Ontario Rugby Football Union forms
  • Jan 10 Fire at uninsured Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin kills 71. General Tom Thumb of P T Barnum fame, escapes unhurt
  • Jan 13 Fire in Circus Ferroni in Berditschoft, Poland, kills 430
  • Jan 13 Henrik Ibsen's "En Folkefiende" premieres in Oslo
  • Jan 16 Pendleton Act creates basis of US Civil Service system
  • Jan 16 Quebec Rugby Football Union forms

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Jan 19 The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • Jan 20 Billy Barnes takes a hat-trick, England v Aust MCG
  • Jan 22 England complete 1st innings victory in Tests v Aust MCG
  • Jan 30 England team presented with ashes of a bail after Sydney Test