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, composer
  • Jan 26 Pierre Brazza, explorer/colonial administrator (French Africa)
  • Jan 29 Frederic Hymen Cowen, composer
  • Jan 29 Ion Luca Caragiale, Romanian actor and playwright (O Noapte Furtunoasa), born in Haimanalele, Ploiesti, Romania (d. 1912)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestLouis Braille

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

Braille Inventor Louis Braille
Braille Inventor
Louis Braille
  • Jan 22 George Rodwell, composer, dies at 51

Person of interestFabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen

Jan 25 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Russian explorer who discovered the continent of Antarctica dies at 72