January 1874 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 New York City annexes the Bronx
  • Jan 13 Battle between jobless & police in NYC, 100s injuried
  • Jan 13 US troops land in Honolulu to protect the king
  • Jan 14 I. D. Shadd elected Speaker of lower house of Mississippi legislature
  • Jan 17 Armed Democrats seize Texas government ending Radical Reconstruction
  • Jan 21 Franz Grillparzer's "Libussa" premieres in Vienna
  • Jan 24 Gen J van Swieten conquerors Kraton Atjeh, after thousands die

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31 Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill, Missouri

Outlaw Jesse James
Jesse James

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Gustave Whitehead, German inventor (d. 1927)
  • Jan 1 Frank Knox, American Secretary of the Navy (d. 1944)
  • Jan 4 Svend Fleuron, Danish writer, born on Good Katrinedal (d. 1966)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 5 Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist (shock therapy-Nobel 1944), born in San Francisco, California

Physiologist Joseph Erlanger
Joseph Erlanger
  • Jan 13 Jozef E van Roey, Flemish cardinal/archbishop of Mechlin
  • Jan 14 Thornton Waldo Burgess, author (Peter Rabbit)
  • Jan 16 Robert Service, England, Canadian poet (Cremation of Sam McGee)
  • Jan 22 Wincenty Witoz, Galicia, PM of Poland (1920-21, 1923, 1926)
  • Jan 22 Edward Harkness, American philanthropist (d. 1940)
  • Jan 24 Arthur Schomburg (Arturo Alfonso), Puerto Rico, archivist of African American history and culture
  • Jan 25 Hewlett Johnson, [Red Dean of Canterbury], English bishop
  • Jan 25 [William] Somerset Maugham, British novelist/poet (Of Human Bondage), born in Paris, France

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 29 John D. Rockefeller Jr, American financier and philanthropist, born in Cleveland, Ohio

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr

Deaths in History

  • Jan 4 Thomas Gregson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1798)
  • Jan 8 Charles Etienne Brasseur de Bourbourg, French writer and historian (b. 1814)
  • Jan 11 Gail Borden, American Manufacturer and Inventor of condensed milk, dies at 72
  • Jan 14 Johann Philipp Reis, German Physicist and Inventor, dies of lung disease at 40
  • Jan 17 Chang & Eng Bunker, Chinese/Thai Siamese twins, dies at 62
  • Jan 19 H v Fallersleben, writer, dies at 75