On This Day

January 1889 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 3 Admissions convention meets in Ellensburg, WA, asks for statehood

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Jan 3 German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche suffers a mental breakdown after supposedly witnessing a horse flogging

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
Philosopher
Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Jan 8 Dr Herman Hollerith receives 1st US patent for a mechanical tabulating machine
  • Jan 10 Ivory Coast declared a protectorate of France
  • Jan 16 128°F (53°C), Cloncurry, Queensland (Australian record)
  • Jan 22 Columbia Phonograph was formed in Washington, D.C.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 23 Daniel Williams forms Provident Hospital in Chicago

Heart Surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart Surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • Jan 30 John Herschel uses camera obscura to photograph 48" (120cm) telescope
  • Jan 30 Victoria beat NSW after following on (NSW all out 63 needed 76)

Lovesick Prince in Suicide PactLovesick Prince in Suicide Pact

Jan 30 Archduke Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian crown, is found dead with his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera in Mayerling in an apparent suicide pact

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The Crown Prince, Archduke Rudolph and Baroness Marie Vetsera
The Crown Prince, Archduke Rudolph and Baroness Marie Vetsera
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Birthdays in History

  • Jan 6 Alan M Bateman, Canadian geologist (Yale professor), born in Kingston, Canada
  • Jan 11 Calvin Bridges, American geneticist (d. 1938)
  • Jan 20 Allan Haines Loughead, American aviation executive (d. 1969)
  • Jan 21 Pitirim A Sorokin, Russian/US sociologist (Social mobility)
  • Jan 23 Prosper Arents, Flemish bibliographer (Rubens-bibliography)
  • Jan 27 Balthasar van der Pol, physicist (Comparison of Van der Pol)
  • Jan 30 Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist, born in Varanasi, India (d. 1937)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 13 Solomon Bundy, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 21st district), dies at 65
  • Jan 17 Juan Montalvo, Ecuadorian author (Siete Tratados), dies at 56
  • Jan 23 Alexandre Cabanel, French painter (Birth of Venus), dies at 65
  • Jan 27 Ivan Aksakov, Russian journalist (Denj, Moskvitsh), dies at 65

Person of interestRudolf, Crown Prince of Austria

Jan 30 Rudolf Franz Karl Joseph, Crown Prince of Austria and heir apparent to the Imperial throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, dies at 30 in a suicide pact with his mistress, Mary Freiin von Vetsera, at the Mayerling hunting lodge