What Happened in January 1886

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 1st Tournament of Roses (Pasadena California)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jan 5 "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson published by Longmans, Green & Co.

  • Jan 15 Weekly Herald, 1st newspaper in Vancouver, BC, publishes 1st issue
  • Jan 18 Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England
  • Jan 19 Aurora Ski Club, 1st in US, founded in Minnesota
  • Jan 27 First British government of Salisbury resigns

InventionHistoric Invention

Jan 29 Karl Benz patents the "Benz Patent-Motorwagen" in Karlsruhe, Germany, the world's 1st automobile with a burning motor

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 2 Moyshe Leyb Halpern, Galican/US poet (In New-York)
  • Jan 2 Florence Lawrence, Canadian actress (Lady Helen's Escapade), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 1938)
  • Jan 2 Apsley Cherry-Garrard, English Antarctic explorer (d. 1959)
  • Jan 3 Arthur Mailey, cricketer (great Aussie leg-spinner & cartoonist)
  • Jan 3 John G Fletcher, American poet (Epic of Arkansas)
  • Jan 3 Josephine Hull, American Academy award actress (Harvey), born in Newtonville, Massachusetts (d. 1957)
  • Jan 8 Noble Drew Ali, [Timothy Drew], prophet (Moorish Science Temple), born in North Carolina
  • Jan 10 Jose Antonio de Donostia, composer
  • Jan 11 George Zucco, British actor (Fog Island, Black Raven, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Captain Fury), born in Manchester, England (d. 1960)
  • Jan 11 Chester Conklin, American actor (Every Day's a Holiday, Greed), born in Oskaloosa, Iowa (d. 1971)
  • Jan 13 Art Ross, Canadian ice hockey player and executive (d. 1964)
  • Jan 14 Hugh Lofting, English writer and illustrator (Dr Dolittle), born in Maidenhead, England (d. 1947)
  • Jan 17 Glenn Luther Martin, aviator (Collier Trophy-1933)
  • Jan 17 Ronald Firbank, British novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot), born in London, England (d. 1926)
  • Jan 18 Antoine Pevsner, French sculptor
  • Jan 18 Peter Alma, Dutch painter and graphic artist
  • Jan 21 Gustaaf Sap, Belgian minister of Finance/Economy
  • Jan 22 John Joseph Becker, composer
  • Jan 24 Henry King, Christiansburg Virginia, American film director (d. 1982)
  • Jan 25 Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor (d. 1954)
  • Jan 26 Joannes A Veraart, Dutch economist and MP (Jews of the Netherlands)
  • Jan 28 Marthe Bibesco, Romanian writer (d. 1973)
  • Jan 28 Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (d. 1976)
  • Jan 31 Alfonso López Pumarejo, 16th President of Colombia (Liberal: 1934-38 and 1942-46) and statesman (President of UN security council 1948), born in Honda, Colombia (d. 1959)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4 Ernest Panckoucke, French publisher (Horace), dies at 77
  • Jan 9 Jakob Eduard Schmolzer, Austrian composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 16 Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer (La Gioconda), dies at 51
  • Jan 16 Jacob Kats, Flemish writer (Earthly Paradise), dies at 81
  • Jan 18 Michal Czajchovski, [Sadik Pasja], writer, dies
  • Jan 18 Baldassare Verazzi, Italian painter (b. 1819)
  • Jan 26 David Rice Atchison, American politician (possibly served as President of the United States on March 3, 1849), dies at 78