On This Day

Historical Events in January 1870

Brooklyn Bridge Opens

Jan 3 Construction begins on New York's Brooklyn Bridge; completed May 24, 1883

  • Jan 6 The inauguration of the Musikverein (Vienna)
  • Jan 8 US mint at Carson City, Nevada begins issuing coins
  • Jan 10 Georgia legislature reconvenes

Historic Event

Jan 10 John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil

Democratic Party Symbol

Jan 15 Donkey first used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper's Weekly

  • Jan 16 Virginia becomes 8th state readmitted to US after Civil War
  • Jan 20 "City of Boston" vanishes at sea with all 177 aboard
  • Jan 23 Marias Massacre: Approximately 200 Piegan Blackfeet Indians (mostly women, children, and elderly men) killed by US Army, in Montana Territory, spawning outrage and preventing the military from regaining control of the Bureau of Indian Affairs [1] [2]
  • Jan 25 Soda fountain patented by Gustavus Dows
  • Jan 26 US Congress authorises Virginia to rejoin the union
  • Jan 27 1st sorority (Kappa Alpha Theta) (DePauw U in Greencastle, Indiana)
  • Jan 27 After accepting 15th amendment, Virginia is readmitted to the Union
  • Jan 27 Manitoba & Northwest Territories incorporated