On This Day

January 1887 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 5 1st US school of librarianship opens at Columbia University

Battle of Interest

Jan 6 `Abd-allah II of Harar opens the Battle of Chelenqo with an attack on the camp of the Shewan army of Negus Menelik II

  • Jan 16 Cliff House damaged when powder cargo of schooner "Parallel" explodes
  • Jan 20 US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor
  • Jan 21 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms
  • Jan 21 Brisbane receives a daily rainfall of 465 millimetres (18.3 inches), a record for any Australian capital city
  • Jan 26 Battle of Dogali: Abyssinian Emperor John IV defeats Italians
  • Jan 28 England all out for 45 v Aust SCG, their lowest total ever
  • Jan 28 In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world's largest snowflakes are reported, being 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick.

Historic Event

Jan 28 Work begins on the Eiffel Tower in Paris


Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Wilhelm Canaris, German admiral/head German military intelligence
  • Jan 3 Helen Parkhurst, US educator (Education on the Dalton plan)
  • Jan 3 August Macke, German painter (d. 1914)
  • Jan 10 Robinson Jeffers, American poet & playwright (Tamar & Other Poems, Medea), born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania (d. 1962)
  • Jan 11 Aldo Leopold, American conservationist, professor and co-founder of the Wilderness Society, born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1949)
  • Jan 13 George Gurdjieff, Armenian-Greek mystic (d. 1949)
  • Jan 17 Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (d. 1975)
  • Jan 19 Alexander Woollcott, American critic and short story writer (The Man Who Came to Dinner), born in Phalanx, New Jersey (d. 1943)
  • Jan 22 Helen Hoyt, American poet (d. 1972)
  • Jan 25 Diego Valeri, Italian author & poet (Le Gaie Tristezze), born in Piove di Sacco, Italy (d. 1976)
  • Jan 26 Enrique E Ecker, Curacao, bacteriologist
  • Jan 26 Marc A "Pete" Mitscher, US lt-admiral (WW II-Task Force 58)
  • Jan 26 Arnout Colnot, Dutch painter and graphic artist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1983)
  • Jan 27 Carl Blegen, archaeologist (excavator at Troy, Pylos), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Johan Hendrik Koelman, Dutch portrait painter, dies at 66
  • Jan 14 Friedrich von Amerling, Austrian painter, dies at 83
  • Jan 14 Peter Donders, Dutch Roman Catholic missionary to Suriname, dies at 77
  • Jan 17 William Giblin, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1840)