On This Day

January 1853 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 1st practical fire engine (horse-drawn) in US enters service
  • Jan 3 Solomon Northup is freed after 7 illegal years in slavery with aid of Washington Hunt, Governor of New York
  • Jan 4 Solomon Northup, author of the memoir "Twelve Years a Slave", regains his freedom

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 Franklin Pierce, the President-elect of the United States at the time, and his family are involved in a train wreck in Massachusetts

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce
  • Jan 8 1st US bronze equestrian statue (of Andrew Jackson) unveiled, Washington
  • Jan 10 Charles Reade's "Gold" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 23 John Wilkes Booth is baptized at St. Timothy's Protestant Episcopal Church


Birthdays in History

  • Jan 11 Gustav Falke, German author/poet (Der Mann im Nebel)
  • Jan 11 Georgios Jakobides, Greek painter (d. 1926)
  • Jan 12 Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, Italian mathematician (tensor analysis)

Person of interestAndré Michelin

Jan 16 Andre Michelin, French industrialist, tire manufacturer (Michelin) and publisher of the Michelin Guide, born in Paris (d. 1931)

Industrialist and Publisher André Michelin
Industrialist and Publisher
André Michelin
  • Jan 16 Gen Sir Ian Hamilton, British military commander (d. 1947)
  • Jan 16 Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov, Russian philosopher, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1900)
  • Jan 17 Alva Belmont, American socialite & suffragette (d. 1933)
  • Jan 28 Jose Martí y Perez, Cuba, poet/essayist/politician

Weddings in History


LovePerson of Interest

Jan 30 Emperor and French President Napoleon III marries Eugenie de Montijo, Countess of Teba

Emperor of France Napoleon III
Emperor of France
Napoleon III

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Gregory Blaxland, Australian explorer, dies of suicide at 74
  • Jan 9 Juan Nicasio Gallego, Spanish poet and interpreter (El dos de Mayo), dies at 75
  • Jan 13 Theophilos Kairis, Greek priest, humanist and revolutionary (b. 1783)