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)

Person of interestKonrad Adenauer

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

Chancellor of West Germany Konrad Adenauer
Chancellor of West Germany
Konrad Adenauer
  • Jan 7 William Yeates Hurlstone, composer
  • 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 player (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 Carl Henrik Ludolf Nielsen, composer
  • 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

Person of interestGordon Granger

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

Union General Gordon Granger
Union General
Gordon Granger
  • Jan 15 Eliza Johnson, U.S. First Lady (b. 1810)