On This Day

Historical Events in January 1853

  • Jan 1 1st practical fire engine (horse-drawn) in US enters service
  • Jan 3 Solomon Northup, author of the memoir "Twelve Years a Slave, is freed after 7 illegal years in slavery with aid of Washington Hunt, Governor of New York

Historic Event

Jan 6 Franklin Pierce, the President-elect of the United States at the time, and his family are involved in a train wreck in Massachusetts

  • Jan 8 1st US bronze equestrian statue (of Andrew Jackson) unveiled, Washington
  • Jan 10 Charles Reade's play "Gold" premieres in London

Music Premiere

Jan 19 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premieres in Rome

Historic Event

Jan 23 John Wilkes Booth is baptized at St. Timothy's Protestant Episcopal Church

  • Jan 27 US whaling and sealing vessel the Levant captained by Mercator Cooper, makes the first known landing on mainland Antarctica at Oates Coast, Victoria land