On This Day

Famous People Born in January 1848

  • Jan 1 John Goff, Irish lawyer (d. 1924)
  • Jan 4 Katsura Taro, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1913)
  • Jan 5 Khristo Botev, Bulgarian poet & nationalist revolutionary, born in Kalofer, Bulgaria (d. 1876)
  • Jan 5 Same Steele, Canadian soldier, born in Purbrook, Canada West (d. 1919)
  • Jan 9 Princess Frederica of Hanover (d. 1926)
  • Jan 18 Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer (d. 1925)
  • Jan 19 John F. Stairs, Canadian businessman (d. 1904)

Person of interestMatthew Webb

Jan 19 Matthew Webb, English long distance swimmer who was first to swim unassisted across the English Channel, born in Dawley, England (d. 1883)

Long Distance Swimmer Matthew Webb
Long Distance Swimmer
Matthew Webb
  • Jan 21 Henri Duparc, French composer
  • Jan 22 Samuel Muller Fzn, Dutch historian/archivist (Middle Ages)
  • Jan 24 Vasily Surikov, Russian painter (d. 1916)
  • Jan 27 Tōgō Heihachirō, Imperial Japanese Navy admiral and one of Japan's greatest naval heroes, born in Kajiya-Chō, Kagoshima-Jōka, Satsuma, Japan (d. 1934)