On This Day

Famous People Born in January 1823

  • Jan 1 Sándor Petőfi, Hungarian poet (A virágnak megtiltani nem lehet - You Cannot Forbid the Flower), and revolutionary, born Kiskőrös, Kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empire (d. 1849)
  • Jan 3 Jaak-Nikolaas Lemmens, Flemish composer
  • Jan 4 Otto van Rees, gov-gen of Dutch-Indies (1884-88)
  • Jan 4 Peter Joseph Osterhaus, German-American diplomat and Major General (Union Army), born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1917)
  • Jan 5 William Rockstro, English musicologist & composer, born in Cheam, Sutton (d. 1895)

Person of interestAlfred Russel Wallace

Jan 8 Alfred Russel Wallace, British naturalist, explorer and co-discoverer of evolution through natural selection, born in Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 1913)

Naturalist, biologist, and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace
Naturalist, biologist, and explorer
Alfred Russel Wallace
  • Jan 21 Alexandre Edouard Goria, composer
  • Jan 27 Édouard Lalo, French composer (Symphonie Espagnole; Le roi d'Ys), born in Lille, France (d. 1892)
  • Jan 29 Franklin Gardner, Major General (Confederate Army)