On This Day

Famous People Born in January 1850

  • Jan 5 Theodoor Verstraete, Flemish painter & etcher, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Jan 6 Eduard "Ede" Bernstein, German Marxist (New Era)
  • Jan 6 Franz Xaver Scharwenka, German pianist & composer (Mataswintha), born in Szamotuły, Poland (d. 1924)
  • Jan 10 John Wellborn Root, American architect, born in Lumpkin, Georgia (d. 1891)
  • Jan 11 J C Arthur, botanist (studied rusts), born in Lowville, New York
  • Jan 11 Philipp la Renotiere von Ferrary, famous philatelist
  • Jan 13 Leon Francis Victor Caron, composer
  • Jan 14 Jean de Reszke, Polish tenor, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1925)
  • Jan 14 Pierre Loti, French naval officer & novelist, born in Rochefort, France (d. 1923)
  • Jan 15 Mihail Eminesco [Eminovici], Romanian poet (Samanul Dionis), born in Botoșani, Romania (d. 1889)
  • Jan 15 Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1891)
  • Jan 17 Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, Russian composer, born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1918)
  • Jan 18 Seth Low, American politician (d. 1916)

Person of interestSamuel Gompers

Jan 27 Samuel Gompers, American labor union leader (American Federation of Labor), born in London, England (d. 1924)

Founder of the American Federation of Labor Samuel Gompers
Founder of the American Federation of Labor
Samuel Gompers

Person of interestEdward Smith

Jan 27 Edward Smith, English naval captain of the RMS Titanic, born in Hanley, Staffordshire (d. 1912)

Captain of the Titanic Edward Smith
Captain of the Titanic
Edward Smith
  • Jan 27 John Collier, English painter (Lady Godiva) and writer, born in Paddington, England (d. 1934)
  • Jan 29 Ebenezer Howard, pioneer of garden cities, born in London, England
  • Jan 29 Lawrence Hargrave, inventor (box kite)