On This Day

What Happened in January 1824

Historical Events

  • Jan 22 Ashantis defeat British forces in the Gold Coast
  • Jan 28 William Kneass becomes 3rd US chief engraver (1824-40)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 7 James Morrison Hawes, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1889)
  • Jan 8 Per August Olander, Swedish composer, born in Linköping, Sweden (d. 1886)
  • Jan 8 [William] Wilkie Collins, English writer (Woman in White), born in London (d. 1889)
  • Jan 8 Francisco González Bocanegra, Mexican poet, born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico (d. 1861)
  • Jan 13 Ignacy Marceli Komorowski, Polish composer, born in Warsaw (d. 1857)
  • Jan 14 Vladimir Stasov, Russian art & music critic, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1906)
  • Jan 15 Marie Duplessis [Alphonsine Rose Plessis], French courtesan, born in Nonant-le-Pin, Normandy, France (d. 1847)

Stonewall Jackson

Jan 21 Stonewall Jackson [Thomas Jonathan], Confederate general during the American Civil War, born in Clarksburg, Virginia (d. 1863)

  • Jan 22 Josef Leopold Zvonař, Czech organist and composer, born in Kublov, Bohemia (d. 1865)
  • Jan 27 Jozef Israels, Dutch painter
  • Jan 29 Karl von Perfall, German composer and music director (Royal Bavarian Court and Residence Theater, 1868-92), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1907)

Famous Weddings

James Knox Polk

Jan 1 US President James Knox Polk (28) weds Sarah Childress (20) in Murfreesboro

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 10 Victor Emanuel I, king of Sardinia (1802-21), dies at 64
  • Jan 24 Ercole Consalvi, Italian Roman Catholic Cardinal, dies at 66
  • Jan 26 Théodore Géricault, French painter (The Raft of the Medusa), dies at 32
  • Jan 29 Louise of Stolberg-Gedern, Countess of Albany, wife of Bonnie Prince Charlie, dies at 71