On This Day

What Happened in January 1888

Historical Events

  • Jan 3 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 5 Dutch Heidemaatschappij (land reclamation) established
  • Jan 27 The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C. for "the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge"
  • Jan 30 Harry Moses 297 not out for NSW against Victoria

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 John Garand, American inventor (d. 1974)
  • Jan 4 Arthur Berry, England, soccer player (Olympic gold 1908, 12)
  • Jan 5 George "Rube" Foster, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1915, 16; no-hitter 1916; Boston Red Sox), born in Lehigh, Oklahoma (d. 1976)
  • Jan 8 Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (Coquette, Deluge), born in Kells, County Meath Ireland (d. 1960)
  • Jan 8 Richard Courant, German-American mathematician (d. 1972)
  • Jan 10 Emile van Bosch, Belgian-Dutch opera singer (Fair Folks), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • Jan 12 Claude Delvincourt, composer
  • Jan 15 Joseph Henabery, American director (Cobra), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1976)
  • Jan 16 Osip Brik, Russian writer (d. 1945)

Person of interestLead Belly

Jan 20 Lead Belly [Huddie William Ledbetter], American blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), born in Mooringsport, Louisiana (d. 1949)

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • Jan 23 Gilbert Ledward, English sculptor, born in Chelsea, London (d. 1960)
  • Jan 23 Paul Peter Ewald, German Crystallographer and physicist who devised the theory of X-ray interference by crystals and pioneered X-ray diffraction methods, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1985)
  • Jan 24 Ernst Heinrich Heinkel, German inventor (1st rocket-powered aircraft)
  • Jan 24 Hedwig "Vicki" Baum, Austrian American author (Men Never Know, Grand Hotel), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1960)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 1 55th UK Prime Minister David Lloyd George (25) weds first wife Margaret Owen

British Prime Minister David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister
David Lloyd George

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 5 Henri Herz, Austrian composer, dies at a day before his 85th birthday
  • Jan 14 Stephen Heller, Hungarian composer and pianist, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Stephan Hale Alonzo Marsh, composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 23 Eugène Marin Labiche, French playwright (The Italian Straw Hat), dies at 72
  • Jan 29 Edward Lear, poet/author, dies at 75
  • Jan 30 Asa Gray, American botanist (Flora of North America), dies at 77
  • Jan 31 John Bosco, Italian priest, youth worker, educator, founder of the Salesian Society, dies at 72