On This Day

What Happened in January 1849

Historical Events

  • Jan 13 Vancouver Island granted to Hudson's Bay Company

Historic Event

Jan 23 Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman in the US to earn a medical degree graduating from New York's Geneva Medical College

  • Jan 23 US Patent granted for an envelope-making machine to Jesse K. Park and Cornelius S. Watson
  • Jan 31 Corn Laws abolished in Britain

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 9 John Hartley, English tennis player (Wimbledon 1879-80), born in Tong, Shropshire (d. 1935)
  • Jan 11 Oskar Lassar, German dermatologist (bath house)
  • Jan 12 Jean BĂ©raud, French painter (d. 1935)
  • Jan 18 Edmund Barton, 1st Prime Minister of Australia (1901-03), born in Glebe, colony of New South Wales (d. 1920)
  • Jan 22 August Strindberg, Swedish dramatist/novelist (Apologia)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 6 Hartley Coleridge, English poet, dies at 52
  • Jan 9 Jan Kops, Dutch agriculturist/vicar, dies at 83
  • Jan 16 Wilhelm M L de Wette, German theologist, dies at 69
  • Jan 25 Elias Parish Alvars, British harpist and composer ("Voyage d'un Harpiste en Orient"), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • Jan 26 Thomas Lovell Beddoes, English poet (Death's Jest-Book), committed suicide at 45