January 1854 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Lincoln University, a black college, chartered (Oxford, Pennsylvania)
  • Jan 4 The McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang
  • Jan 5 Steamship San Francisco wrecked off US eastern seaboard, 300 die
  • Jan 9 Astor Library opens in New York City
  • Jan 18 Filibuster William Walker proclaims Republic of Sonora in NW Mexico
  • Jan 25 Aleksandr Ostrovsky's play "Bednost ne Porok" premieres in Moscow
  • Jan 30 1st election in Washington Territory; 1,682 votes cast
  • Jan 31 Dutch KNMI established (Royal Meteorological Institute)

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 James Frazer, Britain, anthropologist/author (The Golden Bough)

Person of interestAlice Mary Robertson

Jan 2 Alice Mary Robertson, American educator, social worker and 2nd woman in US Congress, born in Tullahassee Mission, Indian Territory (d. 1931)

2nd Woman Elected to Congress and Educator Alice Mary Robertson
2nd Woman Elected to Congress and Educator
Alice Mary Robertson
  • Jan 6 Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft, fictional detective (via Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • Jan 9 Jennie Jerome, American society beauty and mother of Winston Churchill (d. 1921)
  • Jan 18 Thomas A Watson, needed by Bell, inventor assistant (Telephone)
  • Jan 29 Willem PC Knuttel, Dutch bibliographer/librarian

Deaths in History

  • Jan 8 William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, British general and politician (b. 1768)
  • Jan 18 Juda Turo, American philanthropist, dies