On This Day

Historical Events in January 1885

  • Jan 2 General Wolseley receives last distress signal of General Gordon in Khartoum
  • Jan 3 The beginning of the Battle of Nui Bop in the Sino-French War
  • Jan 4 Dr William Grant of Iowa, performs 1st appendectomy in America on Mary Gartside, aged 22

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Jan 11 Henrik Ibsen's "Vildauden," premieres in Oslo

Playwright Henrik Ibsen
Playwright
Henrik Ibsen
  • Jan 17 Battle of Abu Klea (Battle of Abu Tulayh), Sudan: British Desert Column defeat Mahdist forces: 76 British and 1,100 Mahdists killed
  • Jan 19 Battle of Abu Kru (Battle of Gubat), Sudan: British Desert Column defeat Mahdist forces: 121 British and untold Mahdists killed

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Jan 25 Vincent d'Indy's "Saugefleurie" premieres

Composer Vincent d'Indy
Composer
Vincent d'Indy
  • Jan 26 Muhammad Ahmed ("Mahdi") rebels conquer Khartoum

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Jan 28 Commission for Auguste Rodin's sculpture 'The Burghers of Calais' signed by the Municipal Council of Calais.

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin