January 1854 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Lincoln University, a black college, chartered (Oxford, Penn)
  • Jan 4 The McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang.
  • Jan 5 Steamship San Francisco wrecked-300 die
  • Jan 9 Astor Library opens in NYC
  • Jan 13 Anthony Foss patents accordion
  • Jan 18 Filibuster William Walker proclaims Republic of Sonora in NW Mexico
  • Jan 25 Aleksandr Ostrovsky's "Bednost ne Porok" premieres in Moscow
  • Jan 30 1st election in Washington Territory; 1,682 votes cast
  • Jan 31 Dutch KNMI established (Royal Meteorological Institute)

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 James Frazer, Britain, anthropologist/author (The Golden Bough)
  • Jan 6 Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft, fictional detective (via Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • Jan 9 Jennie Jerome, American society beauty and mother of Winston Churchill (d. 1921)
  • Jan 18 Thomas A Watson, needed by Bell, inventor assistant (Telephone)
  • Jan 29 Willem PC Knuttel, Dutch bibliographer/librarian

Deaths in History

  • Jan 8 William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, British general and politician (b. 1768)
  • Jan 18 Juda Turo, American philanthropist, dies