On This Day

What Happened in January 1892

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Ellis Island opens as a US immigration inspection station - it would go on to be the gateway to the US for more than 12 million people
  • Jan 5 1st successful auroral photograph made
  • Jan 7 Mine explosion kills 100 in Krebs, Oklahoma; blacks trying to help rescue white survivors, driven away with guns
  • Jan 11 Hawaiian Historical Society founded
  • Jan 11 William D McCoy of Indiana appointed US minister to Liberia

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jan 15 Basketball rules first published in Triangle Magazine, written by James Naismith

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • Jan 24 Battle of Mengo, Uganda: French missionaries attack British missionaries
  • Jan 29 The Coca-Cola Company is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 30 Bobby Abel carries his bat for 132* for England in SCG Test
  • Jan 30 Capt Lugard occupies Uganda's King Mwanga's hide out

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Artur Rodzinski, Spalato, Dalmatia, Polish conductor/composer

Person of interestManuel Roxas

Jan 1 Manuel Roxas, 5th President of the Philippines (1946-48), born in Capiz, Philippines (d. 1948)

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • Jan 1 Miklos Radnai, composer
  • Jan 2 Lura Anson, Nebraska, entertainer

Person of interestJ. R. R. Tolkien

Jan 3 J. R. R. Tolkien, British author (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings), born in Bloemfontein, South Africa (d. 1973)

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Jan 5 Francesca Bertini, Italian actress (Odette, Assunta Spina), born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1985)
  • Jan 6 Ludwig Berger, German film director and cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), born in Mainz (d. 1969)
  • Jan 7 Rudolf Moser, composer
  • Jan 8 Werner Wehrli, composer
  • Jan 9 Eva Bowring, American politician (d. 1985)
  • Jan 10 Dumas Malone, American historian (Jefferson & His Time), born in Coldwater, Mississippi (d. 1986)
  • Jan 12 Mikhail Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (d. 1976)
  • Jan 13 Paul Smart, American yachtsman (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Jan 14 Hal Roach, American producer & director (1 Million BC), born in Elmira, New York (d. 1992)
  • Jan 14 Martin Niemöller, German theologian & Lutheran clergyman, born in Lippstadt, Germany (d. 1984)
  • Jan 15 Frank Hutchens, New Zealand-born composer working in Australia, born in Leeston, New Zealand (d. 1965)
  • Jan 15 Rex Ingram [Reginald Hitchcock], Irish director (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1950)

Person of interestOliver Hardy

Jan 18 Oliver Hardy, American comic actor (Laurel & Hardy), born in Harlem, Georgia (d. 1957)

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
  • Jan 18 Paul Rostock, German surgeon, born in Kręcko, Poland (d. 1956)
  • Jan 19 Ólafur Thors, Icelandic Prime Minister (5 times between 1942-63), born in Borgarnes, Iceland (d. 1964)
  • Jan 22 Marcel Dassault, [Bloch], French airplane builder
  • Jan 26 Zara Cully, American actress (The Jeffersons), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • Jan 27 Mitya Stillman, composer
  • Jan 29 Ernst Lubitsch, German actor, producer and film director (To Be or Not to Be, Love Parade), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1947)
  • Jan 29 Clifford Gray, American bobsled (Olympic gold 1928)
  • Jan 30 Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, American composer, pianist and lecturer (Tre Ritratti Characteristici), born in Delta, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • Jan 30 Grigore Gafencu, Romanian Minister of Foreign affairs (1938-39), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1957)
  • Jan 31 Eddie Cantor, American comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater), born in NYC, New York

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 11 Painter Paul Gauguin marries Teha'amana, a 13-year-old Tahitian girl

Painter and Sculptor Paul Gauguin
Painter and Sculptor
Paul Gauguin

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Roswell B. Mason, Mayor of Chicago, dies at 86
  • Jan 2 George Biddell Airy, English astronomer & writer, dies at 90
  • Jan 2 Frederick William Barber, South African frontiersman & scientist, dies at 78
  • Jan 2 George Biddell Airy, English mathematician & 7th Astronomer Royal, dies at 90
  • Jan 7 Muḥammad Tawfīq Pasha, Khedive of Egypt (1879-92), dies at 39
  • Jan 7 Ernst Wilhelm von Brücke, German physician and physiologist, dies at 72
  • Jan 8 John Heykamp, old-catholic archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 67
  • Jan 10 Heinrich Ludwig Egmont Dorn, composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 13 Charles Albert White, composer, dies at 62
  • Jan 14 Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence, British prince (b. 1864)
  • Jan 16 Imakita Kosen, Zen teacher/abbot of Engagkuji monastery, dies
  • Jan 17 Alexandre Levy, Brazilian composer and pianist, dies at 27
  • Jan 18 Anton Anderledy, Swiss Superior General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1819)
  • Jan 21 John Couch Adams, English astronomer (co-discover Neptune), dies at 72
  • Jan 22 Joseph Philo Bradley, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1813)
  • Jan 31 Charles Spurgeon, English preacher and evangelist, dies at 57