On This Day

What Happened in January 1860

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Slavery ends of in Neth Indies
  • Jan 20 Dutch troops conquer Watampone in Celebes
  • Jan 28 Britain formally returns Mosquito Coast to Nicaragua
  • Jan 29 American College established in Rome by Pope Pius IX

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 2 William C Mills, museum curator (excavated Ohio Indian mounds)
  • Jan 7 Emanuil Manolov, composer
  • Jan 8 Nancy Jones, US African American missionary in Africa
  • Jan 12 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (d. 1942)
  • Jan 17 Douglas Hyde, President of Ireland (d. 1949)
  • Jan 19 Patrick Cotter O'Brien, Irish showman, first known eight-foot-tall person (stood 8ft 1 inch), born in Kinsale, Ireland (d. 1806)
  • Jan 21 Karl Staaff, Prime Minister of Sweden (d. 1915)
  • Jan 25 Charles Curtis, American attorney & politician (VP, 1929-33), born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 1936)
  • Jan 26 Harry Micajah Daugherty, American politician, lawyer and political manager accused of corruption, born in Washington Court House, Ohio (d. 1941)

Person of interestAnton Chekhov

Jan 29 Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright (Cherry Orchard), born in Taganrog, Russia (d. 1904)

Author and Playwright Anton Chekhov
Author and Playwright
Anton Chekhov

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 5 St John Nepomucene Neumann, 1st male US saint, dies
  • Jan 12 Martinus Niewindt, Dutch Bishop of Curacao (christened slaves), dies at 63
  • Jan 13 William Mason, American politician, dies at 73
  • Jan 24 James Pollard Espy, American meteorologist (Philosophy of Storms), dies at 74
  • Jan 27 János Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (non-Euclidean geometry), dies at 57
  • Jan 27 Thomas Brisbane, British soldier, administrator and astronomer, dies at 86
  • Jan 30 Francesco Antonio Norberto Pinto, Portuguese violinist, hornist and composer (Adoração ao Sol), dies at 44