On This Day

Historical Events in January 1881

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Jan 1 Dr John Watson is first introduced to Sherlock Holmes in story written by Arthur Conan Doyle

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Jan 1 Ambrose Bierce is appointed editor of "The Wasp" magazine

Writer & Satirist Ambrose Bierce
Writer & Satirist
Ambrose Bierce
  • Jan 2 Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns' 3rd Concerto in B, premieres

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Jan 4 Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" premieres in Breslau

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms
  • Jan 22 "Cleopatra's Needle", a 3,500-year-old Ancient Egyptian obelisk is erected in Central Park, New York [1]

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Jan 25 Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company.

  • Jan 26 Union of Baptists Communities forms in Foxholl
  • Jan 28 Battle at Laing's Neck Natal: Boers beat superior powered British