On This Day

What Happened in January 1869

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jan 1 War of the Triple Alliance: Paraguay's capital Asunción falls to Brazilian forces led by General João de Souza da Fonseca Costa

  • Jan 13 Colored National Labor Union, 1st Black labor convention meets in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 18 Elegant California Theater opens in San Francisco

Historic Event

Jan 20 Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes 1st woman to testify before US Congress


Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 3 Paul Charles Rene Landormy, composer
  • Jan 4 Tommy Corcoran, American baseball shortstop (MLB shortstop game assist record 14), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1960)
  • Jan 13 Emanuele F, duke of Aosta, Italian general (WWI)/fascist
  • Jan 15 Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish dramatist, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1907)
  • Jan 19 Alfred R Zimmerman, mayor (Rotterdam 1906-22)/Dir (League of Nations)

Grigori Rasputin

Jan 21 Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk and confidant of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, born in Pokrovskoye, Sibera, Russian Empire (d. 1916)

  • Jan 23 Felice Boghen, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1945)
  • Jan 23 Herbert David Croly, American author (Promise of American Life), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1930)
  • Jan 27 Will Marion Cook, American composer, violinist and choral director (In Dahomey), born in Washington D.C. (d. 1944)
  • Jan 29 Andrey Scherbachov, Russian composer and pianist, born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1922)
  • Jan 31 Henri Carton de Wiart, Belgian Count/literary/premier (1920-21)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Martin W. Bates, American politician, dies at 82
  • Jan 17 Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky, Russian composer, dies at 55
  • Jan 26 Duncan Gordon Boyes, English recipient of the Victoria Cross, committed suicide at 22
  • Jan 28 Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, French composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 30 William Carleton, Irish novelist (b. 1794)