On This Day

What Happened in January 1823

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jan 3 Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico.

  • Jan 27 President Monroe appoints first US ambassadors to South America

Famous Birthdays

  • 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)

Alfred 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)

  • 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, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in New York City (d. 1873)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 5 Major George Johnston, Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales (b. 1764)
  • Jan 17 Zacharius Werner, German playwright, dies at 36
  • Jan 21 Cayetano José Rodríguez, Argentine cleric, journalist and poet (b. 1761)

Edward Jenner

Jan 26 Edward Jenner, English physician, father of (western) immunology, pioneered smallpox vaccinations, dies of a stroke at 73

  • Jan 27 Charles Hutton, English mathematician and surveyor, dies at 85