On This Day

What Happened in January 1821

Historical Events

New Settlement

Jan 17 Mexico permits Moses Austin and 300 US families to settle in Texas, after his death leaves to son Stephen

  • Jan 21 Paramaribo Suriname catches fire, 4 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 4 John James Peck, American Major General (Union Army), born in Manlius, New York (d. 1878)
  • Jan 7 Lucius Jeremiah Gartrell, American politician and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Washington, Georgia (d. 1891)

James Longstreet

Jan 8 James Longstreet, American Confederate general (1st Corps, ANV), born in Edgefield, South Carolina (d. 1904)

  • Jan 12 Nikolai Afanisev, composer
  • Jan 15 Lafayette McLaws, United States Army officer and Confederate general, born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1897)
  • Jan 21 John Cabell Breckinridge, (D) 14th US VP (1857-61)/mjr-gen (Confed)
  • Jan 27 John Chivington, American officer, (d. 1892)
  • Jan 29 Isaac Ferdinand Quinby, American General (Union Army), born in Morristown, New Jersey (d. 1891)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 25 Johan Valckenier, Dutch politician and patriot, dies at 62