On This Day

What Happened in January 1843

Historical Events

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jan 2 Richard Wagner's opera "The Flying Dutchman" premieres in Dresden

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
  • Jan 3 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Don Pasquale" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 4 Royal Academy (Technical Hague court) Delft opens

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Nikolay Nikolayevich Lodizhensky, composer
  • Jan 8 Frederick Abberline, British police investigator (d. 1929)
  • Jan 8 John H. Moffitt, American politician (d. 1926)
  • Jan 9 Christiaan A Ulder, Curacao, composer (waltzes/tumbas)

Person of interestFrank James

Jan 10 Frank James, American outlaw (member of the James-Younger gang), born in Clay County, Missouri (d. 1915)

Outlaw Frank James
Frank James
  • Jan 11 Charles Yelverton O'Connor, Irish-Australian engineer (d. 1902)
  • Jan 20 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid, Constantinople, London)
  • Jan 23 Bolko von Hochberg, German diplomat & composer, born in Castle F├╝rstenstein, Silesia (d. 1926)

Person of interestWilliam McKinley

Jan 29 William McKinley, 25th US President (Republican: 1897-1901), born in Niles, Ohio (d. 1901)

25th US President William McKinley
25th US President
William McKinley

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4 Petronella Moens, Frisian author and feminist, dies at 80
  • Jan 7 Franz Schoberlechner, Austrian composer, dies at 45
  • Jan 9 William Hedley, British industrial engineer (b. 1773)
  • Jan 11 Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, poet and composer of the lyrics to "Star Spangled Banner" dies at 63