Historical Events in January 1900

  • Jan 1 1st date in John dos Passos' USA trilogy (The 42nd Parallel)
  • Jan 1 British protectorates of Northern and Southern Nigeria are established
  • Jan 1 Compulsory education in Netherlands goes into effect
  • Jan 2 E Verlinger begins manufacturing 7" single-sided records (Montreal)
  • Jan 2 John Hay announces the Open Door Policy to promote trade with China.

Theater Premiere

Jan 3 Gerhart Hauptmann's play "Schluck und Jau," premieres in Berlin

  • Jan 5 Irish leader John Edward Redmond calls for a revolt against British rule
  • Jan 6 Boers attack at Ladysmith, about 1,000 killed or injured

Music History

Jan 6 Maurice Ravel's "Albaradode Gracioso" premieres in Paris

Historic Event

Jan 10 Lord Roberts & Lord Kitchener reach Capetown

  • Jan 12 Freeland Colony founded in US

Music Premiere

Jan 14 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Tosca" premieres in Rome

  • Jan 16 The United States Senate accepts the Anglo-German treaty of 1899 in which the United Kingdom renounces its claims to the Samoan islands
  • Jan 16 The US gains control over Tutuila in Samoa and several smaller Pacific islands
  • Jan 18 Jan Blockx's "Tÿl Uilenspiegel" premieres in Brussels
  • Jan 21 The second contingent of Canadian troops sails from Halifax to fight in South Africa against the Boers
  • Jan 24 Battle of Tugela-Spionkop, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • Jan 24 Newcastle Badminton Club, world's oldest, forms in England

Theater Premiere

Jan 26 Henrik Ibsen's play "Naar vi Dode Vaaguer" (When We Dead Awaken) premieres in Stuttgart

  • Jan 27 Foreign diplomats in Peking, China, write formal notes of protest demanding that the Chinese Government stop the Boxes and other groups leading attacks on Westerners and Christians.
  • Jan 27 Social Democrat Party of America (Debs' party) holds 1st convention
  • Jan 29 American League organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Minneapolis
  • Jan 29 Boers under Joubert beat British forces at Spionkop, Natal, 2,000 killed
  • Jan 31 The final report of the USA's Philippine Commission is released, favouring territorial government for the islands with home rule in local affairs, but with US assumptions of ultimate responsibility for the government.