What Happened in January 1852

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 1st US public bath opens in New York City
  • Jan 1 National debt of Britain & Ireland is 765,126,582 pounds
  • Jan 1 Netherlands begins issuing postage stamps
  • Jan 3 1st Chinese arrive in Hawaii
  • Jan 17 British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Eugène-Anatole Demarçay, French chemist (d. 1904)
  • Jan 8 James Milton Carroll, American pastor and author (d. 1931)
  • Jan 11 Konstantin Fehrenbach, German chancellor (1920-21)
  • Jan 12 Joseph J C Joffre, French fieldmarshal (Indo China, Marne)
  • Jan 26 Frederick Corder, British composer (The Nabob's Pickle), born in Hackney, London, England (d. 1932)
  • Jan 26 Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Italian-French explorer of the Congo (Brazzaville named after him), born in Rome, Papal States (d. 1905)
  • Jan 29 Frederic Hymen Cowen, British pianist, conductor, and composer (Thorgrim), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1935)
  • Jan 29 Ion Luca Caragiale, Romanian actor and playwright (O Noapte Furtunoasa), born in Haimanalele, Ploiesti, Romania (d. 1912)

Famous Deaths

Louis Braille

Jan 6 Louis Braille, French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for the blind, dies of tuberculosis at 43

  • Jan 22 George Rodwell, English composer, dies at 51

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