What Happened in January 1892

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Ellis Island becomes the reception center for new immigrants to the United States
  • 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
  • Jan 15 Basketball rules published in Triangle Magazine, Mass
  • Jan 20 1st basketball game played (Massachusetts)
  • 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

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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
  • Jan 2 Seiichiro Kashio, Japanese tennis player (d. 1962)

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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, Miss, historian (Jefferson & His Time)
  • Jan 12 Mikhail Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (d. 1976)
  • Jan 13 Paul Smart, American yachtsman (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Jan 14 Hal Roach, early film director and producer (1 Million BC)
  • Jan 14 Martin Niemöller, clergyman (German Protestant); imprisoned by Hitler
  • Jan 15 Frank Hutchens, composer
  • Jan 15 Rex Ingram [Reginald Hitchcock], Irish director (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1950)

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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 (d. 1956)
  • Jan 19 Olafur Thors, Icelandic PM (6 times, 1942-63)
  • 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 28 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, Roman minister of Foreign affairs (1938-39)
  • Jan 31 Eddie Cantor, American comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater), born in NYC, New York

Famous Weddings


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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 (b. 1805)
  • Jan 2 George B Airy, English astronomer/writer, dies at 90
  • Jan 2 Frederick William Barber, South African frontiersman and scientist, dies at 78
  • Jan 7 Tewfik Pasja, viceroy of Egypt, 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 co-discoverer of Neptune, dies
  • Jan 22 Joseph Philo Bradley, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1813)
  • Jan 31 Charles Spurgeon, English preacher and evangelist (b. 1834)