What Happened in January 1829

Historical Events

"Faust, Part 1" Premieres

Jan 19 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's tragic play "Faust, Part 1" premieres

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 3 Konrad Duden, German linguist (the Duden dictionary), born in Lackhausen, Rhineland (d. 1911)
  • Jan 5 Sir Roger Tichborne, missing U.K. heir who was the subject of the longest criminal trial in British history (d. c.1854)
  • Jan 6 Kanagaki Robun [Bunzo Nozaki], Japanese humorist/gesaku-author, born in Edo, Japan (d. 1894)
  • Jan 9 Adolf Schlagintweit, German botanist and explorer (Tarimbekken, executed after being mistaken for a spy), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1857)
  • Jan 9 Thomas William Robertson, English playwright (Caste), born in Newark-on-Trent, England (d. 1871)

Catherine Booth (1829-1890)

Jan 17 Co-founder of the Salvation Army known as the 'Army Mother', born in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England [1]

  • Jan 18 Louis van Haecke, Belgian chaplain and author (Blood to Bridge) (d. 1912)
  • Jan 21 Oscar II Frederik, King of Sweden (1872-1907), King of Norway (1872-1905) and poet, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1907)
  • Jan 24 William Mason, American pianist, pedagogue and composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1908)
  • Jan 30 Alfred Cummings, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1910)
Born in 1829

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Robert Archibald Smith, Scottish composer, dies at 48
  • Jan 12 Friedrich von Schlegel, German cultural philosopher and poet (Lucinde), dies at 56
  • Jan 12 Michael Gottard Fischer, composer, dies at 55
  • Jan 25 William Shield, English violist, violinist, and composer (Master of the King's Music, 1817-29), dies at 80
  • Jan 28 Thomas Tredgold, British civil engineer (railway design), carpenter, and writer (Elementary Principles of Carpentry, dies at 40
  • Jan 28 William Burke, murderer/body snatcher, executed in Edinburgh
  • Jan 29 Paul-Fran├žois-Jean-Nicolas, French politician of the French Revolution, dies at 73