On This Day

What Happened in January 1882

Historical Events

  • Jan 2 Because of anti-monopoly laws, Standard Oil is organized as a trust

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 Richard Wagner completes his opera "Parsifal"

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner
  • Jan 15 1st US ski club forms (Berlin NH)
  • Jan 17 1st Dutch female physician Aletta Jacobs opens her office
  • Jan 25 Bilu, a Russian Zionist organization, forms
  • Jan 26 France government of Gambetta falls

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Willem Carel Wendelaar, Dutch lawyer, civil servant, director, and politician (VVD)
  • Jan 3 Willem Benoy, Flemish actor and director (Pygmalion), born in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1939)
  • Jan 4 Aristarkh Lentulov, Russian artist, born in Nizhny Lomov, Russia (d. 1943)
  • Jan 5 Herbert Bayard Swope, U.S. journalist who coined the term "Cold War", born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1958)
  • Jan 6 Samuel Rayburn, American politician (Rep-D-Tx), born in Kingston, Tennessee (d. 1961)
  • Jan 6 Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter, born in Białystok, Poland (d. 1949)
  • Jan 6 Fan S. Noli, Albanian bishop, born in İbriktepe, Turkey (d. 1965)
  • Jan 10 Charles Trowbridge, Mexican-American actor (Fatal Hour), born in Veracruz, Mexico (d. 1967)
  • Jan 12 Jakob Jud, Swiss linguist/etymologist
  • Jan 12 Milton Sills, American actor (The Sea Hawk), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1930)
  • Jan 14 Hendrik Willem van Loon, Dutch-American historian and writer (Story of America), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • Jan 15 Florian Znaniecki, Polish philosopher & sociologist, born in Świątniki, Poland (d. 1958)
  • Jan 15 Princess Margaret of Sweden, born in Surrey, England (d. 1920)
  • Jan 17 Noah Beery, American character actor (Story of Esther, The Mark of Zorro), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1946)

Person of interestArnold Rothstein

Jan 17 Arnold Rothstein, American gambler and mobster (fixed 1919 World Series), born in NYC, New York (d, 1928)

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein

Person of interestA. A. Milne

Jan 18 A. A. Milne, English author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, born in Hampstead Middlesex (d. 1956)

Author A. A. Milne
Author
A. A. Milne
  • Jan 18 Jacob Clay, Dutch philospher/phyicist (Mesones)
  • Jan 21 Pavel Florensky, Russian mathematician (d. 1937)
  • Jan 22 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1956)

Person of interestVirginia Woolf

Jan 25 Virginia Woolf [Adeline], British author (Jacob's Room, To Lighthouse), born in London, England (d. 1941)

  • Jan 27 Giuseppe Prezzolini, Italian writer (La Voce, La Cultura Italiano)

Person of interestFranklin D. Roosevelt

Jan 30 Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd US President (Democrat: 1933-1945), born in Hyde Park, New York (d. 1945)

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jan 31 Josephus RH van Schaik, Dutch lawyer/vice-premier

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 William H Ainsworth, English writer (Guy Fawkes), dies at 76
  • Jan 3 Clement Claiborne Clay, American politician (U.S. Senator from Alabama),dies at 65
  • Jan 4 John William Draper, English scientist, photographer (b. 1811)
  • Jan 6 Richard Henry Dana Jr., American author (Two Years Before the Mast), dies at 66
  • Jan 11 Theodor Schwann, German physiologist and co-originator of cell theory, dies at 71
  • Jan 13 Wilhelm Mauser, German weapon designer and manufacturer (b. 1834)
  • Jan 20 John Linnell, British painter/minaturist/engraver, dies
  • Jan 21 Anton Emil Titl, Austrian composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 24 Levi Boone, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1808)
  • Jan 25 Peter Singer, composer, dies at 71