On This Day

What Happened in January 1818

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Official reopening of the White House

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jan 1 Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" is published anonymously by the small London publishing house of Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 Lord Byron completes "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" (4th canto)

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
  • Jan 2 The British Institution of Civil Engineers is founded.
  • Jan 21 Keats writes his poem "On a Lock of Milton's Hair"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30 John Keats composes his sonnet "When I Have Fears"

Romantic Poet John Keats
Romantic Poet
John Keats

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 11 John Reese Kenly, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1891)
  • Jan 14 Zacharias Topelius, Finnish historical novelist (Surgeon's Stories), born in Nykarleby, Finland (d. 1898)
  • Jan 17 Antoine Dorion, (L) joint premier of Canada (1858, 1863-64)
  • Jan 18 Johannes van Vloten, Dutch literary/theologist
  • Jan 28 George Sewall Boutwell, MC (Union), (d. 1905)
  • Jan 31 William Raine Peck, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1871)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Fedele Fenaroli, Italian composer, dies at 87