What Happened in January 1889

Historical Events

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

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

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
Philosopher
Friedrich Nietzsche
  • 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.

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Jan 23 Daniel Williams forms Provident Hospital in Chicago

Heart surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • Jan 30 John Herschel uses camera obscura to photograph 48" (120cm) telescope
  • Jan 30 Victoria beat NSW after following on (NSW all out 63 needed 76)
  • 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.

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, composer
  • 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 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)
  • Jan 11 Calvin Bridges, American geneticist (d. 1938)
  • Jan 14 Vincenzo Davico, composer
  • Jan 19 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Davos Switzerland, painter, sculptor and dancer
  • Jan 20 Allan Haines Loughead, American aviation executive (d. 1969)
  • Jan 21 Bert Collins, cricketer (Aussie batsman in the post WW I years)
  • Jan 21 Pitirim A Sorokin, Russian/US sociologist (Social mobility)
  • Jan 22 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (1923 Tour de France), 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 and professor (Blokovskaya, Thunderstorm), born in Warsaw, Russia (d. 1952)
  • Jan 27 Balthasar van der Pol, physicist (Comparison of Van der Pol)
  • Jan 29 Francisco Santiago, composer
  • Jan 29 Rudolf Mauersberger, composer
  • 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 (b. 1823)
  • Jan 14 Ema Puksec, Croatian singer (b. 1834)
  • Jan 17 Juan Montalvo, Ecuadorian author (Siete Tratados), dies at 56
  • Jan 27 Ivan S Aksakov, Russian journalist, dies at 65
  • Jan 30 Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria (b. 1858)