January 1870 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 3 Construction begins on Brooklyn Bridge in New York; completed May 24, 1883
  • Jan 6 The inauguration of the Musikverein (Vienna).
  • Jan 8 US mint at Carson City, Nevada begins issuing coins
  • Jan 10 Georgia legislature reconvenes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil

Oil Industrialist John D. Rockefeller
Oil Industrialist
John D. Rockefeller
  • Jan 15 Donkey first used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper's Weekly
  • Jan 16 Virginia becomes 8th state readmitted to US after Civil War
  • Jan 20 "City of Boston" vanishes at sea with all 177 aboard

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 20 Hiram R. Revels elected to fill unexpired term of Jefferson Davis as US Senator for Mississippi

Minister and US Senator Hiram R. Revels
Minister and US Senator
Hiram R. Revels
President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • Jan 23 173 Blackfoot (140 women & children) killed in Montana by US Army
  • Jan 25 Soda fountain patented by Gustavus Dows
  • Jan 26 US Congress authorises Virginia to rejoin the union
  • Jan 27 1st sorority (Kappa Alpha Theta) (DePauw U in Greencastle, Indiana)
  • Jan 27 After accepting 15th amendment, Virginia is readmitted to Union
  • Jan 27 Manitoba & Northwest Territories incorporated

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 2 Ernst Barlach, German writer and artist, born in Wedel (d. 1938)
  • Jan 3 Henry Handel Richardson, Australia, novelist (Richard Mahoney)
  • Jan 6 Gustav Bauer, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1944)
  • Jan 7 Lord Gordon Hewart, British judge (d. 1943)
  • Jan 8 Miguel Primo de Rivera Orbaneja, dictator of Spain (1923-30)
  • Jan 9 Joseph B Strauss, civil engineer/builder (Golden Gate Bridge)
  • Jan 11 Alexander Stirling Calder, American sculptor (d. 1945)
  • Jan 13 Ross Granville Harrison, American biologist (d. 1959)
  • Jan 14 Sir George Pearce, Australian politician (d. 1952)
  • Jan 15 Johan Peter Koch, Danish officer/explorer (Greenland)
  • Jan 15 Pierre S. du Pont, American businessman (d. 1954)
  • Jan 16 Wilhelm Normann, German chemist (hardening of oils)
  • Jan 18 Berend Modderman, printer (Drukkers yearbook)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 10 Deputy sheriff Wyatt Earp (21) weds Urilla Sutherland in Lamar, Texas

OK Corral Sheriff Wyatt Earp
OK Corral Sheriff
Wyatt Earp

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 Konstantin Ushinsky, Russian educationalist, dies at 46
  • Jan 21 Alexander Herzen, Russian writer (b. 1812)
  • Jan 26 Victor, 3rd duc de Broglie, French statesman and diplomat (b. 1785)
  • Jan 29 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1797)