On This Day

January 1841 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 5 James Clark Ross (UK) is 1st to enter pack ice near Ross Ice Shelf
  • Jan 20 China cedes Hong Kong to the British during the 1st Opium War
  • Jan 26 Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain
  • Jan 30 A fire destroys two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 10 George Melville, American polar explorer & naval engineer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1912)
  • Jan 14 Berthe Morisot, French painter, born in Bourges, France (d. 1895)
  • Jan 25 John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher, British admiral, born in Ramboda, Sri Lanka (d. 1920)
  • Jan 27 Arkhip Kuindzhi, Russian painter (d. 1910)

Person of interestHenry Morton Stanley

Jan 28 Henry Morton Stanley, Welsh journalist and African explorer (found Livingstone in Africa), born in Denbigh, Wales (d. 1904)

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • Jan 30 Alfred Townsend George, American Civil War journalist, born in Georgetown, Delaware (d. 1914)
  • Jan 30 Félix Faure, 6th President of the French Third Republic (1895-99), born in Paris (d. 1899)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 Wilhelmus Kist, writer/director of Dutch (Official) Gazette, dies at 82