What Happened in January 1890

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 The Rose Parade, then known as the Tournament of Roses, is first held in Pasadena, California
  • Jan 1 Eritrea is consolidated into a colony by the Italian government.
  • Jan 2 Alice Sanger becomes 1st female White House staffer
  • Jan 2 Record 19.2 feet alligator shot in Louisiana by American businessman Edward Avery McIlhenny
  • Jan 3 1st US college-level dairy school opens at University of Wisconsin
  • Jan 7 African American inventor William Purvis receives a patent for the fountain pen
  • Jan 10 Edward Macdowell's "Lancelot & Elaine" premieres
  • Jan 10 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Sapientiae Christianae
  • Jan 21 1st issue of "Propria Cures", Amsterdam student-weekly newspaper
  • Jan 22 Jose Marti forms La Liga (Union of Cuban exiles) in NYC

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Jan 25 National Afro-American League founded in Chicago by Timothy Thomas Fortune, one of earliest civil rights organizations in America

Orator, Writer and Civil Rights Leader Timothy Thomas Fortune
Orator, Writer and Civil Rights Leader
Timothy Thomas Fortune
  • Jan 25 Nellie Bly beats Phileas Fogg's time around world by 8 days (72 days)
  • Jan 25 United Mine Workers of America forms

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Florence Lawrence, Canadian silent screen actress (Confidence), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1938)
  • Jan 1 Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (d. 1966)
  • Jan 1 Alice Tissot, French actress (Italian Straw Hat), born in Paris, France (d. 1971)
  • Jan 4 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavia, MP (communist)
  • Jan 5 Cora Witherspoon, American actress (The Bank Dick), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1957)
  • Jan 7 Henny Porten, silent screen star (Deception), born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • Jan 7 Maurice E McLoughlin, tennis champ (US Open-1912)
  • Jan 8 Sandor Rado, Hungarian/US psycho analyst
  • Jan 9 Karel Capek, Czech writer, playwright and critic (R.U.R.); coined the word "robot", born in Malé Svatoňovice, Hungary (d. 1938)
  • Jan 9 Kurt Tucholsky, German journalist/writer (Panther Tiger & Co)
  • Jan 10 Douglas MacLean, American silent film comedian/producer (Going Up), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • Jan 10 Ernest Milton, American actor (Cat Girl, Fiddler's Three), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1974)
  • Jan 10 Grigory Landsberg, Soviet physicist, born in Vologda, Russia (d. 1957)
  • Jan 10 Arthur O'Hara Wood, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1913), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1918)
  • Jan 11 Monte Blue, US silent film actor (Montana, Oh Boy), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1963)
  • Jan 11 Oswald de Andrade, Brazilian author (one of the modernist Group of Five), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1954)
  • Jan 11 Max Carey, American baseball player, born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1976)
  • Jan 12 Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, pastor and educator, born in Paris, Tennessee (d. 1976)
  • Jan 13 Jüri Uluots, Estonian Prime Minister (d. 1945)
  • Jan 15 Tommy Fleming, American soccer player (d. 1965)
  • Jan 16 Karl Freund, Czech/Austrian cameraman/director
  • Jan 16 Lloyd Bacon, American actor (Charlie Chaplin), born in San Jose, California (d. 1955)
  • Jan 22 Fred M. Vinson, American Democratic politician, US Treasury Secretary (1945-46) and the 13th Chief Justice of US Supreme Court (1946-53), born in Louisa, Kentucky (d. 1953)
  • Jan 22 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (d. 1976)
  • Jan 28 Robert Stroud, American convict, "Birdman of Alcatraz", born in Seattle Washington (d. 1963)
  • Jan 29 Marguerite Canal, composer
  • Jan 31 Adolf Bach, German language/sociologist (Deutsche Namenkunde)

Famous Weddings


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Jan 2 Physicist J. J. Thomson (33) weds Rose Elisabeth Paget

Physicist J. J. Thomson
Physicist
J. J. Thomson

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 7 Augusta Maria L Katharina, wife of German Emperor Wilhelm I, dies at 78
  • Jan 7 Hans Matthison-Hansen, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 14 Francesco D'Arcais, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 17 Salomon Sulzer, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 18 Amadeus/Amadeo I, duke of Aosta and King of Spain (1870-73), dies at 44
  • Jan 20 Franz Paul Lachner, German composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 28 Prudence Crandall, American educator and founder of School for "young ladies of colour", dies at 86
  • Jan 30 Karl Merz, German-American composer (Brainard's Musical World), dies at 53