On This Day

What Happened in January 1902

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Nathan Stubblefield makes 1st public demonstration of radio, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 1 1st Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Michigan beats Stanford, 49-0; MVP: Neil Snow, Michigan, FB
  • Jan 3 Due to a bad pitch Australian batsman Reggie Duff is held back to No. 10 on Test debut v England at MCG; scores 104
  • Jan 4 Australian cricket spin bowler Hugh Trumble dismisses England batsmen Arthur Jones, John Gunn and Sydney Barnes in successive balls to complete 2nd Test rout by 229 runs in Melbourne; Trumble's first of 2 Test hat-tricks
  • Jan 4 The French Panama Canal Company offers to sell its right to build a canal to the US for 40 million, tipping the balance away from those favoring a canal through Nicaragua
  • Jan 8 1st National Bowling Championship held (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Jan 8 The United Irish League, a leading force for unification in all Ireland and independence from Britain, holds its convention in Dublin

A Crackdown on Lovers in New YorkA Crackdown on Lovers in New York

Jan 8 New York state assemblyman Francis G. ​Landon gets a bill passed to criminalize men turning around on a street and "looking at a woman in that way"

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Mulberry Street, Lower East Side in the 1900s. In the jostling streets of New York, men had to be careful.
Mulberry Street, Lower East Side in the 1900s. In the jostling streets of New York, men had to be careful.
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  • Jan 10 Alphons Diepenbrock's "Te Deum" premieres (Amsterdam)
  • Jan 10 Although it has professed neutrality in the Boer War, German Chancellor von Bulow joins others in attacking British actions in South Africa
  • Jan 12 Uddevalla Suffrage Association is formally dissolved
  • Jan 13 Textile workers strike in Enschede, Netherlands (until 1st June)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Abdulaziz Ibn Saud leads 40 men over the walls of Riyadh and takes the city, marking the beginning of the Third Saudi State

Founder of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud
Founder of Saudi Arabia
Ibn Saud
  • Jan 18 Despite reports that favor the US building a route through Nicaragua for a canal, a 'supplementary report' recommends the route through Panama
  • Jan 25 Aleksandr Skriabin's 2nd Symphony in C premieres in St Petersburg
  • Jan 27 5 workers killed on explosion during IRT subway construction (NYC)
  • Jan 28 Carnegie Institute founded in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 30 Britain and Japan sign a treaty after months of negotiating which commits each country to supporting an independent China and Korea, although it acknowledges Japan's 'special interest' in Korea

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Buster Nupen, South African cricket all-rounder (17 Tests, 50 wickets; one eye only), born near Alesund, Norway (d. 1977)
  • Jan 2 Dan Keating, Irish republican (d. 2007)
  • Jan 2 Barry Goldwater, American politician (d. 1998)
  • Jan 3 Henry Lennox d'Aubigny Hopkinson, diplomat/politician
  • Jan 3 Preston Jackson [James Preston McDonald], American jazz trombonist (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1983)
  • Jan 4 John McCone, CIA Director (d. 1991)
  • Jan 5 Dorothea "Stella" Gibbons, English author (Cold Comfort Farm), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1989)
  • Jan 5 Pierre Palla, Dutch pianist & organist, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1968)
  • Jan 6 Mark Brunswick, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • Jan 6 Helmut Poppendick, Nazi physician, born in Hude, Germany (d. 1994)
  • Jan 8 Carl R[ansom] Rogers, American psychologist (Client-Centered Therapy)

Person of interestGeorgy Malenkov

Jan 8 Georgy Malenkov, Soviet leader who was briefly leader of the Soviet Union after Stalin's death (1953-55), born in Orenburg, Russian Empire (d. 1988)

Soviet Leader Georgy Malenkov
Soviet Leader
Georgy Malenkov
  • Jan 8 Gret Palucca, German dancer/choreography (Silent Song)
  • Jan 9 Rudolph Bing, Austrian-born opera impresario (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1997)
  • Jan 11 Maurice DuruflĂ©, French organist (St. Etienne-du-Mond, 1929-75), composer (Requiem, Op. 9), and teacher (Paris Conservatory, 1943-70), born in Louviers (d. 1986)
  • Jan 12 Ray Teal, American actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, Bonanza), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1976)
  • Jan 12 Simon Spoor, Dutch military officer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1949)
  • Jan 13 Louis "Putney" Dandridge American jazz pianist and singer (Heatin' Up Harlem), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1946)
  • Jan 14 Alfred Tarski, Polish-American logician & mathematician, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1983)
  • Jan 14 F. C. Terborgh [Reijnier Flaes], Dutch writer (De Turkenoorlog), born in Den Helder, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • Jan 15 Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (1953-64), born in Kuwait City (d. 1969)
  • Jan 15 Nazim Hikmet, Turkish poet (Tosun Pasa, The Passenger), born in Salonica, Ottoman Empire (d. 1963)
  • Jan 16 Eric Liddell, Scottish 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924) and Christian missionary in China, born in Tianjin, China (d. 1945)
  • Jan 16 Evelyn Danzig [Levine], American composer (Scarlet Ribbons), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1996)
  • Jan 17 Geoffrey W Lloyd, British minister of Brandstoffen/Energy (1951-55)
  • Jan 19 Heinrich Schmist-Barrien, German author (Moorkeerl)
  • Jan 22 Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (d. 1970)
  • Jan 23 Benny Waters, American jazz saxophonist & clarinetist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1998)
  • Jan 24 Oskar Morgenstern, German/US economist
  • Jan 24 Walter Keirnan, New Havens Ct, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret)
  • Jan 24 E. A. Speiser, American Bible scholar (d. 1965)
  • Jan 25 Gerard Knuvelder, Dutch literature historian (Vocation, Kitty), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • Jan 25 Pablo Antonio, Filipino modernist architect, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 1975)
  • Jan 26 Laurence "Bill" Craigie, jet pioneer
  • Jan 26 Menno ter Braak, Dutch writer/essayist (Carnaval of the Citizens)
  • Jan 26 Romney Brent, Mexican-American actor and writer (Dinner at the Ritz), born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico (d. 1976)
  • Jan 30 Elise Cavanna, American actress (Pharmacist, Dentist, Barber Shop), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1963)
  • Jan 30 Nikolaus Pevsner, German-British art historian (The Buildings of England), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1983)
  • Jan 31 Alva Myrdal, Uppsala Sweden, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize-1982)
  • Jan 31 Jean C M Picart le Doux, French carpet designer
  • Jan 31 Julian H Steward, US anthropologist/professor
  • Jan 31 Tallulah Bankhead, American stage and film actress (Lifeboat, They Knew What They Wanted.), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1968)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 6 Jan Bloch, Polish military theorist and peace activist, dies at 65
  • Jan 9 Gustaaf Rolin-Jaequemyns, Belgian lawyer/Interior minister, dies at 66
  • Jan 11 Johnny Briggs, English cricket all-rounder (33 Tests; 118 wickets @ 17.75), dies of complications from an epileptic seizure at 39
  • Jan 14 Cato M. Guldberg, Norwegian mathematician and chemist (law of mass action), dies at 65
  • Jan 15 Alpheus Hyatt, American zoologist and paleontologist, dies at 63
  • Jan 17 Gideon Scheepers, South Africa Boer leader, executed
  • Jan 18 Filippo Marchetti, composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 19 Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart [Esther Pariseau], Canadian religious leader (US capitol), dies at 78