On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1919

Historical Events

Rose Bowl

5th Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Great Lakes, US Navy beats Mare Island, USMC, 17-0; MVP: George Halas, US Navy

  • Belorussian SSR established

Historic Event

British naval officer David Beatty is promoted to fullĀ admiral

Historic Event

Edsel Ford succeeds his father, Henry Ford, as president of the Ford Motor Company


Famous Birthdays

  • Bernard Drukker, Dutch organist/pianist/orchestra leader (Devil's Wheel)
  • Carole Landis [Frances Ridste], American actress (I Wake Up Screaming, One Million BC, Topper Returns), born in Fairchild, Wisconsin (d. 1948)
  • Horace "Bones" McKinney, American basketball forward, coach and broadcaster (Washington Capitols, Wake Forest), born in Lowland, North Carolina (d. 1997)

J. D. Salinger

J[erome] D[avid] Salinger, American novelist (Catcher in the Rye), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)

  • Rocky Graziano, American boxer (World Middleweight title 1947-48; famous Tony Zale trilogy) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)

Famous Deaths

  • Mikhail Drozdovsky, Russian general, dies at 39
1919 Highlights

About January 1, 1919

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 102 years, 10 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Capricorn