Historical Events in January 1894

  • Jan 1 Denmark adopts Mid-European time
  • Jan 1 Manchester Ship Canal in England opens to traffic
  • Jan 1 South African Amateur Athletic Union is founded in Johannesburg.
  • Jan 4 France ratifies Duple Alliance with Russia

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Jan 7 Early 5 second film of Fred Ott sneezing shot by Edison Manufacturing - 1st ever copyrighted

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • Jan 8 Columbus World's fair in Chicago destroyed by fire
  • Jan 9 "Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze" released in movie theaters
  • Jan 9 Georges Feydeau's "Un à la Patte" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 9 New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts.
  • Jan 11 Donghak Peasant Rebellion begins in Mujiang, Korea over local corruption, sparking the 1st Sino-Japanese War
  • Jan 13 Revolution in Sicily crushed by government troops
  • Jan 21 Oscar Fredriksen skates world record 500m in 47.8 sec
  • Jan 23 G W Bunbury of Dublin sets shorthand record of 250 wpm for 10 min
  • Jan 25 James J Corbett KOs Charley Mitchell in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jan 27 1st college basketball game, University of Chicago beats Chicago YMCA 19-11
  • Jan 27 Midwinter Fair opens in Golden Gate Park
  • Jan 30 Pneumatic hammer patented by Charles King of Detroit
  • Jan 30 US flag fired on in Rio; prompt satisfaction exacted by Adm Benham