January 1853 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 1st practical fire engine (horse-drawn) in US enters service
  • Jan 3 Solomon Northup is freed after 7 illegal years in slavery with aid of Washington Hunt, Governor of New York
  • Jan 4 Solomon Northup, author of the memoir "Twelve Years a Slave", regains his freedom

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Jan 6 Franklin Pierce, the President-elect of the United States at the time, and his family are involved in a train wreck in Massachusetts

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce
  • Jan 10 Charles Reade's "Gold," premieres in London
  • Jan 21 Envelope-folding machine patented by Russell Hawes, Worcester, Mass

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Jan 23 John Wilkes Booth is baptized at St. Timothy's Protestant Episcopal Church

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 11 Gustav Falke, German author/poet (Der Mann im Nebel)
  • Jan 11 Georgios Jakobides, Greek painter (d. 1926)
  • Jan 12 Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, Italian mathematician (tensor analysis)

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Jan 16 Andre Michelin, France, industrialist/tire manufacturer (Michelin)

Industrialist André Michelin
André Michelin
  • Jan 16 Gen Sir Ian Hamilton, British military commander (d. 1947)
  • Jan 16 Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov, Russian philosopher (d. 1900)
  • Jan 17 Alva Belmont, American socialite & suffragette (d. 1933)
  • Jan 28 Jose Martí y Perez, Cuba, poet/essayist/politician

Weddings in History

  • Jan 30 Emperor and French President Napoleon III marries Eugenie de Montijo, Countess of Teba

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Gregory Blaxland, Australian explorer (b. 1778)
  • Jan 9 Juan N Gallego, Spanish poet/interpreter (El dos de Mayo), dies at 75
  • Jan 13 Theophilos Kairis, Greek priest, humanist and revolutionary (b. 1783)