On This Day

January 1874 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 New York City annexes the Bronx
  • Jan 13 Battle between jobless and police in NYC leaves 100s injured
  • Jan 13 US troops land in Honolulu to protect the king
  • Jan 14 I. D. Shadd elected Speaker of lower house of Mississippi legislature
  • Jan 17 Armed Democrats seize Texas government ending Radical Reconstruction
  • Jan 21 Franz Grillparzer's "Libussa" premieres in Vienna
  • Jan 24 Gen J van Swieten conquers Kraton Atjeh, after thousands die

Historic Event

Jan 31 Jesse James gang robs a train at Gads Hill, Missouri


Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Gustave Whitehead, German inventor (d. 1927)
  • Jan 1 Frank Knox, American politician (Republican VP candidate 1936), newspaper editor and Secretary of the Navy during World War II, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1944)
  • Jan 4 Svend Fleuron, Danish writer, born on Good Katrinedal (d. 1966)

Joseph Erlanger

Jan 5 Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist (shock therapy-Nobel 1944), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1965)

  • Jan 13 Jozef E van Roey, Flemish cardinal/archbishop of Mechlin
  • Jan 14 Thornton W. Burgess, American conservationist & author (The Bedtime Story-Books; Now I Remember: Autobiography of an Amateur Naturalist), born in Sandwich, Massachusetts (d. 1965)
  • Jan 16 Robert W. Service, English-Canadian poet (Cremation of Sam McGee), born in Lancashire, England (d. 1958)
  • Jan 22 Wincenty Witoz, Galicia, Prime Minister of Poland (1920-21, 1923, 1926)
  • Jan 22 Edward Harkness, American philanthropist (d. 1940)
  • Jan 24 Arthur Schomburg (Arturo Alfonso), Puerto Rican archivist of African American history and culture, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico (d. 1938)
  • Jan 25 Hewlett Johnson [Red Dean of Canterbury], English bishop, born in Salford, Greater Manchester (d. 1966)
  • Jan 25 W. Somerset Maugham, British novelist & poet (Of Human Bondage), born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • Jan 28 Ernst Rabel, Austrian-American lawyer, human rights activist, and author (The Conflict of Laws: A Comparative Study), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1955)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 4 Thomas Gregson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1798)
  • Jan 8 Charles-√Čtienne Brasseur de Bourbourg, French writer and historian, dies at 59

Gail Borden

Jan 11 Gail Borden, American manufacturer and inventor of condensed milk, dies at 72

  • Jan 14 Johann Philipp Reis, German Physicist and Inventor, dies of lung disease at 40
  • Jan 17 Chang & Eng Bunker, Chinese/Thai Siamese twins, die at 62
  • Jan 19 August Heinrich Hoffmann, German writer, dies at 75