On This Day

Historical Events in January 1871

  • Jan 1 Belgium disbands salt tax
  • Jan 2 King Amadeus I of Spain inaugurated at 25
  • Jan 3 Oleomargarine patented by Henry Bradley, Binghamton, NY
  • Jan 16 Jefferson Long of Georgia sworn in as 2nd black congressman
  • Jan 17 1st cable car patented, by Andrew Smith Hallidie in the US (begins service in 1873)

The German Empire

Jan 18 Second German Empire proclaimed by Kaiser Wilhelm I and Otto von Bismarck

  • Jan 19 1st Negro lodge of US Masons approved, New Jersey
  • Jan 26 The Rugby Football Union is formed at a meeting of 21 clubs at the Pall Mall Restaurant, London, England
  • Jan 26 US income tax repealed
  • Jan 28 Paris surrenders to Prussians
  • Jan 31 Millions of birds fly over western San Francisco, darkening the sky