January 1858 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Canada begins using decimal currency system
  • Jan 9 Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas, commits suicide.
  • Jan 14 French Emperor Napoleon III escapes attempt on his life by Felice Orsini, an Italian patriot who was later executed

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jan 25 Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" first played, at wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • Jan 30 William Wells Brown published 1st Black drama, "Leap to Freedom"

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 5 Gustaf af Geijerstam, Swedish author (Boken om Lillebror)
  • Jan 7 Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, key figure in the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language (d. 1922)
  • Jan 10 Heinrich Zille, German illustrator and photographer (d. 1929)
  • Jan 11 Harry Gordon Selfridge, American retailer (d. 1947)
  • Jan 13 Oskar Minkowski, Biologist (d. 1931)
  • Jan 15 Giovanni Segantini, Italy, painter
  • Jan 17 Tomas Carrasquilla, Colombian author (Frutos de mi Tierra)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 18 Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon who performed the 1st open heart surgery, born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1931)

Heart surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • Jan 19 Eugene Brieux, French playwright (Blanchette, Lesson Avaries)
  • Jan 22 Beatrice Potter Webb, England, economist
  • Jan 22 Frederick Lugard, British captain/baron (Congo)
  • Jan 25 Kokichi Mikimoto, Japanese pearl farm pioneer (d. 1954)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 26 Inventor Cyrus Hall McCormick (48) weds Nancy Fowler

Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper Cyrus Hall McCormick
Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper
Cyrus Hall McCormick

Deaths in History

  • Jan 5 Johann JWAFK Radetzky von Radetz, Austr earl/field marshal, dies at 91
  • Jan 7 Willem Broes, vicar/theologist (Textenrol), dies at 91
  • Jan 9 Anson Jones, 5th and last President of Texas (suicide) (b. 1798)
  • Jan 27 Gerrit van der Linde Jz, Dutch "Principal", poet, dies at 49
  • Jan 30 Coenraad Jacob Temminck, Dutch zoologist (b. 1778)