What Happened in January 1864

Historical Events

  • Jan 11 Charing Cross Station opens in London
  • Jan 14 Battle of Cosby Creek, Tennessee

Historic Event

Jan 14 General Sherman begins his march to the South

  • Jan 16 Heavy fighting takes place near Dandridge, Tennessee

Battle of Interest

Jan 17 General James Longstreet's command ends heavy fighting at Dandridgem, Tennessee

  • Jan 21 The Tauranga Campaign of the New Zealand Wars begins
  • Jan 27 Battle of Fair Gardens, Tennessee
  • Jan 27 Civil War skirmish at Kelly's Ford, Virginia
  • Jan 28 Battle of New Bern, North Carolina

Famous Birthdays

Alfred Stieglitz

Jan 1 Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer/art dealer (Camera Work), born in Hoboken, New Jersey

Qi Baishi

Jan 1 Qi Baishi, Chinese painter famous for whimsical and playful watercolor paintings, born in Xiangtan, China (d. 1957)

  • Jan 5 Bob Caruthers, American baseball player, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1911)

Ban Johnson

Jan 6 Ban Johnson, American Baseball HOF executive (founder, President American League), born in Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1931)

  • Jan 8 Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (d. 1892)
  • Jan 9 Vladimir Steklov, Russian mathematician (d. 1926)

George Washington Carver

Jan 10 George Washington Carver, African-American agricultural scientist (studied the peanut), born in Diamond Grove, Missouri [or Jul 12] (d. 1943)

  • Jan 10 Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia, son of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1931)
  • Jan 11 Thomas Dixon, US attorney/playwright (Flaming Sword)
  • Jan 13 Wilhelm K W Wien, German physicist (Nobel 1911)
  • Jan 15 Frances Benjamin Johnston, American photographer, born in Grafton West Virginia (d. 1952)
  • Jan 16 Frank Bacon, American playwright, actor and author (Lightnin'), born near Yuba City, California (d. 1922)
  • Jan 17 Lucien Herr, French intellectual and librarian (École Normale Supérieure), born in Altkirch, Haut-Rhin, France (d. 1926)
  • Jan 24 Marguerite Durand, French feminist leader (d. 1936)
  • Jan 25 Julije Kempf, Croatian historian & writer, born in Požega, Croatia (d. 1934)
  • Jan 28 Herbert Akroyd Stuart, English engineer - inventor of the first compression ignition engine (d. 1927)
  • Jan 29 Adolf Philipp, German-American Broadway composer (Adele), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1936)

Famous Weddings

Mary Ann Nichols

Jan 16 White chapel murder victim and possible Jack the Ripper victim Mary Ann Nichols (18) weds printer's machinist William Nichols

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4 Mateo Ferrer, composer, dies at 75
  • Jan 7 Caleb Blood Smith, American journalist and politician, 6th U.S. Secretary of the Interior, dies at 55
  • Jan 8 Victor Dourlen, French composer, dies at 83

Stephen Foster

Jan 13 Stephen Foster, American composer (Oh! Susanna; Swanee River; Beautiful Dreamer), dies in New York City at 37 [reports vary as to fever, accident, suicide, or some combination]

  • Jan 15 Isaac Nathan, UK-Australian composer (b. 1792)
  • Jan 16 Anton Schindler, German violinist and biographer (Beethoven), dies at 68
  • Jan 23 Michele Puccini, Italian organist and composer (father of Giacomo), dies at 50
  • Jan 24 Otto Jonas Lindblad, Swedish composer (Kungssången - Royal Anthem), dies at 54
  • Jan 24 Stephen Gardner Champlin, brigadier general (Union), dies at about 36
  • Jan 27 Leo von Klenze, German neoclassical architect (Walhalla), dies at 59
  • Jan 28 Émile Clapeyron, French engineer and physicist (b. 1799)
  • Jan 31 Hamilton Rowan Gamble, American judge/governor of Missouri (1861-64), dies