On This Day

What Happened in January 1876

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 The Reichsbank opens in Berlin.
  • Jan 15 "Die Afrikaanse Patriot", the first newspaper in Afrikaans, is published in Paarl
  • Jan 31 The United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Johan C Altorf, sculptor (October 3rd monument)
  • Jan 1 Harriet Brooks, Canadian physicist (d. 1933)
  • Jan 3 Wilhelm Pieck, co-founder German Communist Party/pres (1949-60)

Konrad Adenauer

Jan 5 Konrad Adenauer, chancellor of Germany (BRD, 1949), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1967)

  • Jan 7 William Hurlstone, English composer, born in London, England (d. 1906)
  • Jan 9 Hans Bethge, German poet, born in Dessau (d. 1946)
  • Jan 10 Jan Eisenloeffel, Dutch goldsmith, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • Jan 11 Thomas Hicks, English athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1904), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1952)
  • Jan 11 Elmer Flick, American Baseball HOF outfielder (AL batting champion 1905; NL RBI leader 1900; 2 × AL stolen base leader; Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Bronchos/Naps), born in Bedford, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • Jan 12 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian light opera composer, born in Venice, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1948)
  • Jan 12 Jack London, American writer/socialist (Call of the Wild), born in San Francisco (d. 1916)
  • Jan 17 Olga Fastrová, Czech writer and editor (National Policy), born in Prague (d. 1965)
  • Jan 17 Frank Hague, American politician (d. 1956)
  • Jan 20 Józef Hofmann, Polish-American pianist, composer, educator (Curtis Institute, 1924-38), and inventor, born in Podgórze, Austro-Hungarian Galicia (now Poland) (d. 1957)
  • Jan 29 Ludolf Nielsen, Danish composer, born in Nørre Tvede, Denmark (d. 1939)
  • Jan 29 [William] Havergal Brian, British composer ("Gothic" symphony), born in Dresden, Staffordshire (d. 1972)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 7 Juste Olivier, Swiss poet (b. 1807)
  • Jan 9 Samuel Gridley Howe, United States physician, abolitionist, and an advocate of education for the blind, dies at 74
  • Jan 10 Charles EH de Coussemaker, Belgian musicologist/historian, dies at 70

Gordon Granger

Jan 10 Gordon Granger, American Major General during the Civil War (Union Army), dies at 54

  • Jan 15 Eliza Johnson, U.S. First Lady (b. 1810)