On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1881

Historical Events


AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Ambrose Bierce is appointed editor of "The Wasp" magazine

Writer & Satirist Ambrose Bierce
Writer & Satirist
Ambrose Bierce

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dr John Watson is first introduced to Sherlock Holmes in story written by Arthur Conan Doyle


Famous Birthdays

  • Carry van Bridges [de Haan], Dutch author (Heleen, Eva)
  • Vajiravudh, King of Thailand (d. 1925)

Famous Deaths

  • Louis Auguste Blanqui, French political activist, dies at 75
1881 Highlights

About January 1, 1881

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 139 years, 9 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Capricorn