On This Day

January 1855 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 9 Clipper "Guiding Star" disappears in Atlantic, 480 dead
  • Jan 23 The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge
  • Jan 28 The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway
  • Jan 31 Western railroads blocked by snow
  • Jan 31 The government of Lord Aberdeen in the United Kingdom falls following heavy scrutiny of the Crimean War

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 3 Hubert Bland, English socialist (d. 1914)

Person of interestKing C. Gillette

Jan 5 King C. Gillette, American businessman and inventor of inexpensive and disposable safety razor blades, born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (d. 1932)

Businessman and Inventor King C. Gillette
Businessman and Inventor
King C. Gillette
  • Jan 10 Peter J. Blok, Dutch historian (History of the Dutch People)
  • Jan 21 John M Browning, American weapons manufacturer
  • Jan 22 Albert Neisser, German physician who discovered the bacteria that cause gonorrhea and leprosy, born in Schweidnitz, Prussian Empire (d. 1916)
  • Jan 23 John Moses Browning, American inventor, born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1926)
  • Jan 28 William Seward Burroughs, American inventor of the 1st workable adding machine, born in rural New York (d. 1898)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 6 Giacomo Beltrami, Italian explorer (b. 1779)
  • Jan 10 Mary Russell Mitford, English playwright and poet (Julian), dies at 67
  • Jan 25 Dorothy Wordsworth, English poet, diarist and sister of William Wordsworth, dies at 83
  • Jan 26 Gérard de Nerval, French writer (b. 1808)