On This Day

Historical Events in January 1853

  • Jan 1 1st practical fire engine (horse-drawn) in US enters service
  • Jan 3 Solomon Northup is freed after 7 illegal years in slavery with aid of Washington Hunt, Governor of New York
  • Jan 4 Solomon Northup, author of the memoir "Twelve Years a Slave", regains his freedom

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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

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce
  • Jan 8 1st US bronze equestrian statue (of Andrew Jackson) unveiled, Washington
  • Jan 10 Charles Reade's "Gold" premieres in London

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi

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