On This Day

What Happened in January 1836

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jan 5 Davy Crockett arrives in Nacogdoches, Texas, to aid the revolution

  • Jan 12 Battle of Wetumka, Fla

Historic Event

Jan 12 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin reaches Sydney, Australia


Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 2 Queen Emma of Hawaii, Consort of King Kamehameha IV (d. 1885)
  • Jan 2 Mendele Moykher Sforim, Jewish writer (d. 1917)
  • Jan 3 Sakamoto Ryoma, Japanese revolutionary (d. 1867)
  • Jan 8 Fanny Jackson Coppin, African-American educator & missionary, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1913)
  • Jan 8 Lawrence Alma Tadema, Dutch/British painter/husband of Laura Epps
  • Jan 10 Charles Ingalls, father of American author Laura Ingalls Wilder, born in Cuba, New York (d. 1902)
  • Jan 14 Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, American Major General (Union Army), born in Wantage Township, New Jersey (d. 1881)
  • Jan 14 Henri Fantin-Latour, French painter, born in Grenoble, France (d. 1904)
  • Jan 16 King Francis II of the Two Sicilies (d. 1894)
  • Jan 17 Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte, composer
  • Jan 27 Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian writer (masochism)
  • Jan 29 Benjamin Franklin Potts, American lawyer, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Fox Township, Ohio (d. 1887)
  • Jan 29 James Meech Warner, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Middlebury, Vermont (d. 1897)
  • Jan 31 Henryk Szulc, composer

Famous Weddings

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Jan 6 Author Harriet Beecher (24) weds educator Calvin Ellis Stowe (33) in Cincinnati, Ohio

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Friedrich Witt, German cellist and composer (Jena Symphony; The Suffering Saviour), dies at 65
  • Jan 11 John Molson, Canadian brewer (b. 1763)

Betsy Ross

Jan 30 Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], American seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag, dies at 84