On This Day

January 1875 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 5 President Grant sends federal troops to Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Jan 12 Kwang-su becomes Emperor of China
  • Jan 24 Camille Saint-Saëns' "Danse Macabre" premieres
  • Jan 25 Anti-slavery society forms in New York
  • Jan 26 Electric dental drill is patented by George F Green

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Charles Rist, French economist
  • Jan 9 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American sculptor and art patron (founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art NYC), born in NYC, New York (d. 1942)
  • Jan 12 Marika Stiernstedt, Swedish author (Ulla Bella)
  • Jan 14 Albert Schweitzer, Alsatian theologian & writer (Nobel 1954), born in Kayserberg, France (d. 1965)

Person of interestIbn Saud

Jan 15 Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, Founder and first King of Saudi Arabia (1932-53), born in Riyadh, Emirate of Nejd (d. 1953)

Founder of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud
Founder of Saudi Arabia
Ibn Saud
  • Jan 16 Leonor Michaelis, German enzyme kinetic theorist (d. 1947)
  • Jan 17 Florencio Sánchez, Uruguayan dramatist (d. 1910)
  • Jan 21 John Lindworsky, German jesuit/psychologist (Der Wille)
  • Jan 21 Paul E Kahle, German professor of oriental studies
  • Jan 22 Bonifacius C de Jonge, governor (Dutch East Indies)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 Pierre Larousse, French editor (b. 1817)
  • Jan 20 Jean-François Millet, French painter (b. 1814)
  • Jan 22 Charles Sprague, American banker and poet (Curiosity), dies at 83
  • Jan 23 Charles Kingsley [Parson Lot], English vicar and historian (Westward Ho!), dies at 55