On This Day

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 2 Frank Hadow, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1878; first exponent of the lob), born in London, England (d. 1946)
  • Jan 3 Hubert Bland, English socialist (d. 1914)

Person of interestKing C. Gillette

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, born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1926)
  • Jan 26 Arthur Hervey, composer
  • Jan 28 William Seward Burroughs, American inventor of the 1st workable adding machine, born in rural New York (d. 1898)

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 poet, diarist and sister of William Wordsworth, dies at 83
  • Jan 26 GĂ©rard de Nerval, French writer (b. 1808)