What Happened in January 1823

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Founder of Texas Stephen F. Austin
Founder of Texas
Stephen F. Austin
  • Jan 27 President Monroe appoints first US ambassadors to South America

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Sándor Petőfi, Hungarian poet and revolutionary (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, composer

Person of interestAlfred 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)

Naturalist, biologist, and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace
Naturalist, biologist, and explorer
Alfred Russel Wallace
  • Jan 21 Alexandre Edouard Goria, composer
  • Jan 27 Edouard-Victoire-Antoine Lalo, French composer (Symphonie Espagnole)
  • Jan 29 Franklin Gardner, Major General (Confederate Army)

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)
  • Jan 26 Edward Jenner, English physician, father of immunology, pioneered smallpox vaccinations, dies at 73