On This Day

What Happened on January 30, 1889

Lovesick Prince in Suicide Pact

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

  • John Herschel uses camera obscura to photograph 48" (120cm) telescope
  • Victoria beat NSW after following on (NSW all out 63 needed 76)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist, born in Varanasi, India (d. 1937)

Famous Deaths

Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria

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

1889 Highlights

About January 30, 1889

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 132 years, 8 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Aquarius