On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1881

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events


AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Ambrose Bierce is appointed editor of the 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 (b. 1805)