On This Day

January 1871 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Belgium disbands salt tax
  • Jan 2 King Amadeus I of Spain inaugurated at 25
  • Jan 3 Oleomargarine patented by Henry Bradley, Binghamton, NY
  • Jan 16 Jefferson Long of Georgia sworn in as 2nd black congressman
  • Jan 17 1st cable car patented, by Andrew Smith Hallidie in the US (begins service in 1873)

The German Empire

Jan 18 Second German Empire proclaimed by Kaiser Wilhelm I and Otto von Bismarck

  • Jan 19 1st Negro lodge of US Masons approved, New Jersey
  • Jan 26 US income tax repealed
  • Jan 28 Paris surrenders to Prussians
  • Jan 31 Millions of birds fly over western San Francisco, darkening the sky

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 7 Émile Borel, French mathematician and politician (d. 1956)
  • Jan 8 James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon, Irish unionist politician and the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1921-1940), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1940)
  • Jan 10 Enrica Freiin von Handel-Manzetti, Austrian poet & writer (Jesse & Maria), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1955)
  • Jan 12 Paul Guthnick, German astronomer

David Beatty

Jan 17 David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty and British Admiral of the Fleet during World War I (Battle of Jutland), born in Nantwich, England (d. 1936)

  • Jan 26 Warner Fabian [Samuel H Adams], American journalist/writer (Average Jones)

Weddings in History

William McKinley

Jan 25 US President William McKinley (27) weds Ida Saxton (23) at the First Presbyterian Church in Canton

Deaths in History

  • Jan 10 Pierre A du Terrail, French writer, dies at 41
  • Jan 19 Henri Regnault, French painter, dies at 27
  • Jan 21 John J Rochussen, gov-general of Neth-Indies (1845-51), dies at 73
  • Jan 29 Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé, French Canadian writer, dies at 84