On This Day

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, English musicologist & composer, born in Cheam, Sutton (d. 1895)

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)

Person of interestEdward Jenner

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

Physician and Scientist Edward Jenner
Physician and Scientist
Edward Jenner
  • Jan 27 Charles Hutton, English mathematician and surveyor, dies at 85