On This Day

What Happened in January 1834

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 German Tolunie goes into effect

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 3 The government of Mexico imprisons Stephen F. Austin in Mexico City.

Founder of Texas Stephen F. Austin
Founder of Texas
Stephen F. Austin
  • Jan 5 Kiowa Indians record this as the night the stars fell
  • Jan 29 President Jackson orders first use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Ludovic Halévy, French playwright (d. 1908)
  • Jan 5 William John Wills, English explorer of Australia, member of the Burke and Wills expedition, born in Totnes, United Kingdom (d. 1861)
  • Jan 7 Johann Philipp Reis, German physicist and inventor (d. 1874)
  • Jan 10 John Dalberg, Baron Acton, English historian & historian (“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely"), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1902)
  • Jan 14 William Cleaver Francis Robinson, Irish governor and musical composer, born in County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland (d. 1897)
  • Jan 16 Albert Lindley Lee, American lawyer, Kansas State Supreme Court Judge, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Fulton, New York (d. 1907)
  • Jan 17 Wilhelmina Albregt-Engelman, Dutch actress, daughter of Mimi Bia, born in Amsterdam (d. 1902)
  • Jan 17 August Weismann, German biologist (d. 1914)
  • Jan 20 George D. Robinson, 34th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • Jan 25 Pablo Hernández Salces, Spanish composer (d. 1910)
  • Jan 27 Robert Sanford Foster, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Vernon, Indiana (d. 1903)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestWilliam Grenville

Jan 12 William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig: 1806-07), dies at 74

British Prime Minister William Grenville
British Prime Minister
William Grenville
  • Jan 16 Jean Nicolas Pierre Hachette, French mathematician (b. 1769)
  • Jan 17 Giovanni Aldini, Italian physicist, dies at 71