On This Day

January 1888 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 3 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 5 Dutch Heidemaatschappij (land reclamation) established
  • Jan 27 The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C. for "the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge"
  • Jan 30 Harry Moses 297 not out for NSW against Victoria

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 John Garand, American inventor (d. 1974)
  • Jan 8 Richard Courant, German-American mathematician (d. 1972)
  • Jan 15 Joseph Henabery, American director (Cobra), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1976)
  • Jan 16 Osip Brik, Russian writer (d. 1945)
  • Jan 23 Gilbert Ledward, English sculptor, born in Chelsea, London (d. 1960)
  • Jan 23 Paul Peter Ewald, German Crystallographer and physicist who devised the theory of X-ray interference by crystals and pioneered X-ray diffraction methods, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1985)
  • Jan 24 Ernst Heinrich Heinkel, German inventor (1st rocket-powered aircraft)
  • Jan 24 Hedwig "Vicki" Baum, Austrian American author (Men Never Know, Grand Hotel), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1960)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 1 55th UK Prime Minister David Lloyd George (25) weds first wife Margaret Owen

British Prime Minister David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister
David Lloyd George

Deaths in History

  • Jan 23 Eugène Marin Labiche, French playwright (The Italian Straw Hat), dies at 72
  • Jan 29 Edward Lear, poet/author, dies at 75
  • Jan 30 Asa Gray, American botanist (Flora of North America), dies at 77
  • Jan 31 John Bosco, Italian priest, youth worker, educator, founder of the Salesian Society, dies at 72