On This Day

What Happened in January 1898

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Brooklyn merges with NY to form present City of NY
  • Jan 1 Lightship replaces whistling buoy at mouth of San Francisco Bay
  • Jan 1 Gabriele D'Annunzio's "Sogno d'un mattino di primavera," premieres in Rome
  • Jan 4 1st installment of William Dean Howell's "Life & Letters" appears
  • Jan 6 1st telephone message from a submerged submarine, by Simon Lake

Historic Event

Jan 12 Itō Hirobumi begins his third term as Prime Minister of Japan

Historic Publication

Jan 13 Emile Zola publishes his open letter "J'accuse" accusing the French government of framing Alfred Dreyfus for sabotage

  • Jan 14 Australian cricketer Joe Darling hits the 1st six in Tests (out of the ground)
  • Jan 19 Brown defeats Harvard 6-0 in 1st intercollegiate hockey game

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Viktor Ullmann, Austrian pianist, conductor, and composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), born in Teschen, Silesia (now Poland) (d. 1944)
  • Jan 4 Roger Vuataz, Swiss composer and musician, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1988)
  • Jan 6 Jan Filip Boon, Flemish journalist & editor (De Standaard 1929-39), born in Halle, Belgium (d. 1960)
  • Jan 6 Charles E. Pont, French-born Swiss-American artist, born in Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, France (d. 1971)
  • Jan 7 Art Baker, American TV host (You Asked For It), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 7 Gerónimo Baqueiro Foster, Mexican woodwind player, composer and music teacher, born in Hopelchén, Campeche (d. 1967)
  • Jan 7 Al Bowlly, South African-British dance band vocalist ("Midnight, The Stars, And You"), and bandleader, born in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique (now Maputo, Mozambique) (d. 1941)
  • Jan 9 Gracie Fields, English music hall/vaudeville performer and actress (Queen of Hearts), born in Rochdale, England (d. 1979)
  • Jan 9 Vilma Bánky, Austrian silent screen actress (The Eagle, Rebel), born in Nagydorog, Austria-Hungary (d. 1991)
  • Jan 9 Wally Baker, American supercentenarian
  • Jan 11 Hans Rudolf Krik, Danish writer/critic (Fiskerne, Slaven)
  • Jan 12 Jose Forns y Cuadras, composer
  • Jan 13 Pedro DE Teixeira de Mattos, Dutch diplomat
  • Jan 13 Kai Munk, Danish playwright and Lutheran pastor, martyr (d. 1944)
  • Jan 13 Carlo Tagliabue, Italian baritone (d. 1978)
  • Jan 14 Helen Flint, American actress (Sea Devils, Married Before Breakfast), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • Jan 15 Dutch Meyer, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship 1935, 38; TCU), born in Ellinger, Texas (d. 1982)
  • Jan 16 Margaret Booth, American film editor (d. 2002)
  • Jan 16 Irving Rapper, UK-US film director (d. 1999)
  • Jan 20 U Razak, Burmese politician (d. 1947)
  • Jan 21 Avery Claflin, composer
  • Jan 21 John George [Tufei Fatella], Syrian actor (Black Orchids, Don Juan, Adventures of Fu Manchu), born in Aleppo, Syria (d. 1968)
  • Jan 22 Alexander Abramsky, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Lutsk, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1985)
  • Jan 22 Ben van Eysselsteijn, Dutch writer (Arid Earth)
  • Jan 22 Gustaf Paulson, Swedish organist and composer (The Resurrection Symphony), born in Hälsingborg, Sweden (d. 1966)
  • Jan 22 Hans van Werveke, Flemish historian (Diocese Terwaan)
  • Jan 22 Ross Barnett, American lawyer and politician (Gov-D-Mississippi 1960-64), born in Standing Pine, Mississippi (d. 1987)
  • Jan 22 Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), born in Riga, Latvia [NS] (d. 1948)
  • Jan 23 Randolph Scott, American actor (Ride the High Country, Last of the Mohicans, Western Union), born in Orange County, Virginia (d. 1987)
  • Jan 23 Freda Utley, British scholar & author, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1978)
  • Jan 24 Cliff Heathcote, American baseball player (d. 1939)
  • Jan 25 Joachim Wach, German religious scholar (Understanding), born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1955)
  • Jan 28 Vittorio Rieti, composer
  • Jan 28 Wies Moens, Flemish writer/nazi
  • Jan 29 Fernand Quinet, Belgian cellist, composer and conductor (La Guerre)
  • Jan 29 Karl Bjarnhof, Danish blind journalist and writer (History of Sascha)
  • Jan 31 Fred Rich, Polish-American jazz pianist and dance band leader ("I'm Tickled Pink with a Blue-Eyed Baby"; The Abbott and Costello Show), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1956)

Famous Weddings

Henri Matisse

Jan 10 Painter Henri Matisse (28) weds Amélie Noellie Parayre

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 James Wimshurst, British designer and inventor (electrostatic generator), dies at 70
  • Jan 4 Frantisek Pivoda, Czech composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 4 Johnson Hagood, American politician (Governor of South Carolina 1880-82) and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 68
  • Jan 11 Gaetano Capocci, Italian organist and composer (Responsori), dies at 86

Lewis Carroll

Jan 14 Lewis Carroll, English writer (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), dies at 65

  • Jan 16 Charles Pelham Villiers, longest-serving MP in the British House of Commons (b. 1802)
  • Jan 23 W. A. Remy [Wilhelm Mayer], Austro-Bohemian composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 28 Alexandru Flechtenmacher, composer, dies at 74