On This Day

What Happened in January 1873

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Origin of Japanese Era
  • Jan 6 Pope Pius IX encyclical "On the Church in Armenia"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 US Congress begins investigating Crédit Mobilier scandal

Financier and Railroad Promoter Doc Durant
Financier and Railroad Promoter
Doc Durant
  • Jan 11 1st livestock market newspaper published, Drover's Journal, Chicago
  • Jan 13 P B S Pinchback relinquishes office of Louisiana Governor
  • Jan 14 "Celluloid" registered as a trademark by its inventor, John Wesley Hyatt
  • Jan 14 Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback elected to US Senate
  • Jan 17 A group of Modoc warriors defeats the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, a part of the Modoc War
  • Jan 22 British SS Northfleet sinks at Dungeness, England, 300 die

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jan 30 "Around the World in 80 Days" by Jules Verne is published in France by Pierre-Jules Hetzel

Novelist Jules Verne
Novelist
Jules Verne

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Mariano Azuela, Mexican novelist (The Flies, The Bosses)
  • Jan 2 Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer/marxist theorist (Communist Tactics)
  • Jan 2 Thérèse de Lisieux, French Roman-Catholic nun (d. 1897)
  • Jan 3 Ichizo Kobayashi, Japanese businessman (d. 1957)
  • Jan 6 Karl Straube, German organist & conductor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1950)
  • Jan 7 Adolph Zukor, Hungarian movie producer/director/executive (Paramount)
  • Jan 8 Lucien Capet, French composer and violinist, born in Paris, France (d. 1928)
  • Jan 8 Iuliu Maniu, Romanian politician (d. 1953)
  • Jan 8 Elena of Montenegro, queen of Italy (d. 1956)
  • Jan 9 Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Jewish poet, born in Radi, Volhynia, (d. 1934)
  • Jan 10 Jack O'Neill, Irish-born baseball player, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1935)
  • Jan 10 George Orton, Canadian athlete, born in Strathroy-Caradoc, Canada (d. 1958)
  • Jan 11 John Callan O'Laughlin, American political and military figure and journalist (d. 1949)
  • Jan 12 Spyridon Louis, Greek distance runner, soldier (winner first modern Olympics marathon 1896), born in Marousi, Greece (d. 1940)
  • Jan 15 Max Adler, Austria sociologist/socialist theorist
  • Jan 16 Boyd Alexander, English explorer
  • Jan 17 Francois Rasse, Belgian composer, born in Helchin (d. 1955)
  • Jan 19 Hans Erich Blaich [Dr. Owlglass], German writer (Simplicissimus), born in Leutkirch im Allgäu (d. 1945)
  • Jan 20 Charles A Ellwood, American sociologist/psychologist
  • Jan 20 Johannes V Jensen, Danish novelist/poet (Energy Storage, Nobel 1944)

Person of interestColette

Jan 28 Colette [Sidonie-Gabrielle], French novelist and performer (Gigi), born in Paris, France

Novelist and Performer Colette
Novelist and Performer
Colette
  • Jan 28 M A Noble, cricketer (great Australian all-rounder at turn of century)
  • Jan 29 Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, Italian explorer/climber (Mt St Elias)
  • Jan 30 Rose Melville, American stage actress (A Baby Grand, Her Great Invention), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1946)
  • Jan 30 Georges Ricard-Cordingley, French painter, born in Lyon, France (d. 1939)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 John Lodge Ellerton, British classical composer (The Bridal of Triermain, Domenica), dies at 71
  • Jan 9 Napoleon III, Emperor of France (1852-70), dies at 64
  • Jan 18 Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, English author (b. 1803)
  • Jan 20 The Venerable Father Basil Anthony Marie Moreau, Founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross (b. 1799)
  • Jan 28 Henry Hugo Pierson, English composer, dies at 57