On This Day

What Happened in January 1827

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Dutch Trade Company NHM gets opium monopoly on Java
  • Jan 17 Duke of Wellington appointed British supreme commander

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 William Lewis "Old Tige" Cabell, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • Jan 2 Peter Semenov of Tian Shan, Russian explorer (d. 1914)
  • Jan 6 John Calvin Brown, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Giles County, Tennessee (d. 1889)
  • Jan 6 John Wesley Frazer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Hardin County, Tennessee (d. 1906)
  • Jan 7 Sir Sandford Fleming, Scottish-Canadian engineer; introduced Universal Standard Time (d. 1915)
  • Jan 19 Carlos Guido y Spano, Argentina, conductor (Rafagas)
  • Jan 21 Ivan Pervushin, Russian mathematician, born in Perm Oblast, Russia (d. 1900)
  • Jan 23 Saigō Takamori, Japanese samurai & leader of Satsuma rebellion, born in Kajiyacho, Japan (d. 1877)

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 4 Naturalist and entomologist Thomas Say (39) secretly weds natural science illustrator Lucy Way Sistare (26)

Joseph Smith

Jan 17 Religious leader Joseph Smith Jr (21) weds church group movement leader Emma Smith (22) in South Bainbridge, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 5 Frederick of York, English duke/bishop/general, dies at 63
  • Jan 30 Johann Philipp Christian Schulz, German composer, dies at 53