On This Day

January 1859 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 23 Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii begins an eruption that lasts 300 days
  • Jan 24 Political union of Moldavia and Wallachia; Alexandru Ioan Cuza is elected as ruler

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 5 DeWitt Bristol Brace, inventor (spectrophotometer), born in Wilson, New York (d. 1905)
  • Jan 6 Samuel Alexander, English philosopher (Moral Order & Progress), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1938)
  • Jan 9 Carrie Chapman Catt, American women's suffrage leader and founder (League of Women Voters), born in Ripon, Wisconsin (d. 1947)
  • Jan 9 Frederik Pijper, Dutch vicar/church historian (The Monasteries)
  • Jan 11 [Gerard] Jan Ligthart, Dutch educator (Nog bij mother, Ot & Sien)
  • Jan 13 Karl Bleibtreu, German author (Revolution of Literature)
  • Jan 13 Kostis Palamas, Greek poet (d. 1943)
  • Jan 15 Archibald Peake, Premier of South Australia, born in Chelsea, London (d. 1920)
  • Jan 19 Alice Eastwood, botanist (Handbook of Trees of California), born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestWilhelm II

Jan 27 Wilhelm II, German Emperor and King of Prussia (1888-1918), born in Berlin (d. 1941)

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II

Deaths in History

  • Jan 8 Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist, dies at 50
  • Jan 18 Alfred Vail, American inventor and early telegraph pioneer, dies at 51
  • Jan 21 Henry Hallam, British lawyer and historian, dies at 81
  • Jan 27 Carl A Agardh, Swedish botanist/bishop of Karlstad, dies at 74
  • Jan 28 F. J. Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1827-28), dies at 76
  • Jan 28 William H. Prescott, American historian, dies at 62
  • Jan 29 Seth Thomas, American manufacturer and pioneer in the mass production of clocks, dies at 73
  • Jan 29 William Cranch Bond, American astronomer (codiscovered Hyperion), dies at 69