What Happened in January 1889

Historical Events

  • Jan 3 Admissions convention meets in Ellensburg, WA, asks for statehood

Historic Event

Jan 3 German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche suffers a mental breakdown after supposedly witnessing a horse flogging

  • Jan 8 Dr Herman Hollerith receives 1st US patent for a mechanical tabulating machine
  • Jan 10 Ivory Coast declared a protectorate of France
  • Jan 16 128°F (53°C), Cloncurry, Queensland (Australian record)
  • Jan 22 Columbia Phonograph was formed in Washington, D.C.

Historic Event

Jan 23 Daniel Williams forms Provident Hospital in Chicago

Lovesick Prince in Suicide Pact

Jan 30 Archduke Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian crown, is found dead with his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera in Mayerling in an apparent suicide pact

  • Jan 30 Victoria beat NSW after following on (NSW all out 63 needed 76)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Alexander Smallens, conductor, born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Jan 1 Charles Bickford, American actor (Dynamite, The Virginian), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • Jan 1 Tadeusz Jarecki, Polish composer and conductor (d. 1955)
  • Jan 1 Tom Dugan, Irish actor (Circus Clown, Drag, Skyway), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1955)
  • Jan 2 Walter Baldwin, American actor (The Best Years of Our Lives, The Long, Long Trailer), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • Jan 3 Nicholas Soussanin, Russian-American actor (Last Command, Captain Fury), born in Yalta part of modern day Crimea, Taurida Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1975)
  • Jan 5 Albert van Dalsum, Dutch actor and director (Wilton's Zoo; Little Rascal), born in Nieuwer-Amstel, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1971)
  • Jan 6 Alan M Bateman, Canadian geologist (Yale professor), born in Kingston, Canada
  • Jan 11 Calvin Bridges, American geneticist (d. 1938)
  • Jan 14 Vincenzo Davico, Italian composer, born in Monaco (d. 1969)
  • Jan 19 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Davos Switzerland, painter, sculptor and dancer
  • Jan 20 Allan Haines Loughead, American aviation executive (d. 1969)
  • Jan 21 Pitirim A Sorokin, Russian/US sociologist (Social mobility)
  • Jan 22 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (Tour de France 1923), born in Paris, France (d. 1935)
  • Jan 23 Franklin Pangborn, American actor (My Best Gal, Hats Off, Easy Living), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1958)
  • Jan 23 Prosper Arents, Flemish bibliographer (Rubens-bibliography)
  • Jan 25 Vladimir Scherbachov, Russian composer & professor (Blokovskaya, Thunderstorm), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1952)
  • Jan 27 Balthasar van der Pol, physicist (Comparison of Van der Pol)
  • Jan 29 Francisco Santiago, Filipino pianist, composer (Taga-ilog Symphony), conductor, and pedagogue, born in Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines (d. 1947)
  • Jan 29 Rudolf Mauersberger, German choral conductor and composer (Dresdner Requiem), born in Mauersberg, Kingdom of Saxony, German Empire (d. 1971)
  • Jan 30 Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist, born in Varanasi, India (d. 1937)
  • Jan 31 F R Foster, cricketer (330 runs & 45 wickets for England)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 10 Martin Andreas Udbye, composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 13 Solomon Bundy, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 21st district), dies at 65
  • Jan 14 Ema Puksec, Croatian singer (b. 1834)
  • Jan 17 Juan Montalvo, Ecuadorian author (Siete Tratados), dies at 56
  • Jan 23 Alexandre Cabanel, French painter (Birth of Venus), dies at 65
  • Jan 27 Ivan Aksakov, Russian journalist (Denj, Moskvitsh), dies at 65

Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria

Jan 30 Rudolf Franz Karl Joseph, Crown Prince of Austria and heir apparent to the Imperial throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, dies at 30 in a suicide pact with his mistress, Mary Freiin von Vetsera, at the Mayerling hunting lodge