What Happened in January 1855

Historical Events

  • Jan 9 Clipper "Guiding Star" disappears in Atlantic, 480 dead
  • Jan 23 The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge
  • Jan 28 The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway
  • Jan 31 Western railroads blocked by snow
  • Jan 31 The government of Lord Aberdeen in the United Kingdom falls following heavy scrutiny of the Crimean War

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 3 Hubert Bland, English socialist (d. 1914)

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Jan 5 King C. Gillette, American businessman and inventor of inexpensive and disposable safety razor blades, born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (d. 1932)

Businessman and Inventor King C. Gillette
Businessman and Inventor
King C. Gillette
  • Jan 10 Peter J Blok, Dutch historian (History of the Dutch People)
  • Jan 15 Jacques Damala [Aristides Damalas], Greek military officer and actor, born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 1889)
  • Jan 20 Amedee-Ernest Chausson, composer
  • Jan 21 John M Browning, American weapons manufacturer
  • Jan 22 Ernst Kullak, composer
  • Jan 22 Albert Neisser [Albert Ludwig Sigesmund Neisser], Schweidnitz Prussia, German physician who discovered the bacterias that cause gonorrhea and leprosy
  • Jan 23 John Moses Browning, American inventor (d. 1926)
  • Jan 26 Arthur Hervey, composer
  • Jan 28 William Seward Burroughs, NY, inventor (recording adding machine)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 6 Giacomo Beltrami, Italian explorer (b. 1779)
  • Jan 10 Mary Russell Mitford, English playwright and poet (Julian), dies at 67
  • Jan 25 Dorothy Wordsworth, English writer, brother of William Wordsworth, dies at 83
  • Jan 26 GĂ©rard de Nerval, French writer (b. 1808)