On This Day

What Happened in January 1907

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jan 1 US President Theodore Roosevelt shakes a record 8,513 hands in 1 day

  • Jan 1 Joe Gans lands a devastating right to the head of Canadian challenger Kid Herman to retain his world lightweight boxing title with an 8th round knockout in Tonopah, Nevada

Theater Premiere

Jan 4 George Bernard Shaw's play "Don Juan in Hell" premieres in London

Historic Event

Jan 6 Maria Montessori opens her 1st (Montessori) school (Rome)

Theater Premiere

Jan 7 Clyde Fitch's play "The Truth" premieres in NYC

  • Jan 12 Britain grants responsible government to former colony of Transvaal
  • Jan 14 An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica, kills more than 1,000
  • Jan 15 3-element vacuum tube patented by American inventor Lee De Forest
  • Jan 15 Gold dental inlays first described by William Taggart, who invented them
  • Jan 21 Stanley Cup Hockey, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Kenora Thistles (ON) beat Montreal Wanderers, 8-6 for 12-8 aggregate challenge series victory
  • Jan 25 Julia Ward Howe is first woman elected to National Institute of Arts & Letters (USA)
  • Jan 26 1st US federal corrupt election practices law passed
  • Jan 26 John Millington Synge's "Playboy of Western World" opens in Dublin; play claimed as immoral and causes riots
  • Jan 26 The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk III rifle officially introduced into British Military Service, 2nd oldest military rifle still in official use
  • Jan 26 In Austria, universal and direct suffrage (limited to males over 24) is introduced, a reform long demanded by the socialists and others

Historic Event

Jan 29 Republican Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the 1st Native American US Senator

  • Jan 30 Korean National Debt Redemption Movement started by Seo Sang-dong of Daegu, attempt by the Korean public to repay debt to Japan to avoid further colonization [1]

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Erich Schmid, composer
  • Jan 2 Edward Albert Radice, British economist, born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • Jan 2 Salvador Ley, Guatemalan pianist, composer, and educator (National Conservatory; Westchester Conservatory), born in Guatemala City, Guatemala (d. 1985)
  • Jan 5 Anton Ingolic, Slavic author (After Splavih, After Prelomu), born in Spodnja Polskava, Slovenia (d. 1992)
  • Jan 5 Willi Soukop, sculptor and member of Royal Academy of Arts, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1995)
  • Jan 5 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 3,000m steeplechase 1936), born in Ylöjärvi, Finland (d. 1969)
  • Jan 6 David Fleay, Australian naturalist, born in Ballarat, Victoria (d. 1993)
  • Jan 7 Nicanor Zabaleta, Spanish harpist, born in San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1993)
  • Jan 11 Pierre Mendès-France, French Premier (1954-55) (d. 1982)
  • Jan 11 Abraham Joshua Heschel, Jewish American rabbi and theologian (d. 1972), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Jan 12 Sergei Korolev, Soviet Russian rocket engineer & spacecraft designer (Sputnik; Voskhod), born in Zhytomyr, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1966)
  • Jan 13 Sabine Zlatin, Polish-born French nurse who tried save Izieu children from Nazis), born in Warsaw (d. 1996)
  • Jan 13 Jeff Morrow [Leslie Irving Morrow], American actor (Robe, Union Pacific, Temperatures Rising), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • Jan 14 Derek Richter, British neuroscientist (learning & memory), born in bath, United Kingdom (d. 1995)
  • Jan 14 Sophie Redmond, Suriname's 1st female physician, born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 1955)
  • Jan 14 Georges-Émile Lapalme, Quebec politician, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)
  • Jan 16 Alexander Knox, Canadian actor and author (Gorky Park, 2 of a Kind), born in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada (d. 1995)
  • Jan 16 Phillip Humphrey Vellacott, classicist
  • Jan 16 Paul Nitze, American government official (d. 2004)
  • Jan 17 Henk Badings, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), born in Bandung, Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 1987)
  • Jan 18 Janos Ferencsik, Hungarian conductor (Budapest Opera), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1984)
  • Jan 20 Roy Welensky, Northern Rhodesian politician, born in Harare, Zimbabwe (d. 1991)
  • Jan 20 Paula Wessely, Austrian actress & producer (Masquerade), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 2000)
  • Jan 22 Douglas Corrigan, American pilot, born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1995)
  • Jan 22 Dixie Dean, English soccer striker (16 caps; Everton), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England (d. 1980)
  • Jan 22 Mary Dresselhuys, Dutch actress (Village by the River), born in Tiel, Gelderland, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • Jan 23 Bob Steele [Robert Adrian Bradbury], American actor (Monogram, Supreme, Tiffany), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1988)
  • Jan 23 Dan Duryea, American actor (Pride of the Yankees), born in White Plains, New York (d. 1968)
  • Jan 23 Hideki Yukawa, Japanese physicist (Nobel 1949), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1981)
  • Jan 24 Alfonse Vranckx, Belgian lawyer/politician
  • Jan 24 Maurice Couve de Murville, France premier (1968-69)
  • Jan 26 Eddie Ballantine, American orchestra leader (Don McNeill TV Club), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Jan 26 Hans Selye, Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1982)
  • Jan 28 Henry Cotton, British golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948), born in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, England (d. 1987)
  • Jan 28 Constantin Regamey, Ukranian pianist, composer and music critic, born in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Kyiv, Ukraine) (d. 1987)
  • Jan 31 Benny Morton, American jazz trombonist (Teddy Wilson Sextet), born in New York City (d. 1985)
  • Jan 31 Emanuel Sayles, American jazz banjo player (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana (d. 1986)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Cyrill Kistler, German composer, educator, and music theorist, dies at 58
  • Jan 3 Josef Foerster, Czech composer, and music teacher, dies at 73
  • Jan 6 Walter Read, cricketer (Engl batsman, 117 at no 10 v Aust 1884), dies
  • Jan 7 Anton Urspruch, German composer, dies at 56
  • Jan 8 Theodoor Verstraete, Flemish painter/etcher, dies at 57
  • Jan 9 Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, Queen of Hanover, dies at 88
  • Jan 14 Karl von Perfall, German composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 14 Sir James Fergusson, British politician, and governor of South Australia, New Zealand and Bombay (b. 1832)
  • Jan 16 Alfred Shaw, English cricket medium/spin bowler (7 Tests; bowled first ball in Test cricket; first to take 5 wickets in a Test innings; Nottinghamshire CCC, MCC), dies at 64
  • Jan 25 René Pottier, French racing cyclist (Tour de France 1906), dies at 27
  • Jan 31 Timothy Eaton, Irish-born Canadian department store founder (Eatons), dies at 72