On This Day

What Happened in January 1826

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Baron Van der Capellen resigns as governor of Dutch-Indies
  • Jan 30 The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world's first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales is opened.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 6 Herman Grimm, German writer & novelist (Ralph Waldo Emerson), born in Kassel, Hesse (d. 1901)
  • Jan 12 Charles Cruft, American teacher, lawyer, railroad executive, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1883)
  • Jan 15 Mikhail Saltykov, Russian satirist (Family of Noblemen), born in Spas-Ugol, Russia (d. 1889)
  • Jan 22 [Merriwether] Jeff Thompson, Partisan (Confederate Army), (d. 1876)
  • Jan 25 Rembt Tobias Hugo Pieter Liebrecht Alexander van Boneval Faure, Dutch lawyer & politician, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1909)
  • Jan 26 Julia Dent Grant, 1st lady (1862-76)
  • Jan 27 Richard Taylor, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1879)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Louis-Gabriel Suchet, French nobleman (Duke of Albufera), and military commander (Marshal of the Empire), dies at 55
  • Jan 17 Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Spanish composer (b. 1806)