January 1890 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Eritrea is consolidated into a colony by the Italian government.
  • Jan 1 The Rose Parade, then known as the Tournament of Roses, is first held in Pasadena, California
  • Jan 2 Alice Sanger becomes 1st female White House staffer
  • Jan 2 Record 19.2 feet alligator shot in Louisiana by American businessman Edward Avery McIlhenny
  • Jan 3 1st US college-level dairy school opens at University of Wisconsin
  • Jan 7 African American inventor William Purvis receives a patent for the fountain pen
  • Jan 10 Edward Macdowell's "Lancelot & Elaine" premieres

Catholic Encyclical

Jan 10 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Sapientiae Christianae

  • Jan 21 1st issue of "Propria Cures", Amsterdam student-weekly newspaper
  • Jan 22 Jose Marti forms La Liga (Union of Cuban exiles) in NYC

Event of Interest

Jan 25 Journalist Nellie Bly beats the fictitious journey of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg around the world by 8 days (72 days)

Event of Interest

Jan 25 National Afro-American League founded in Chicago by Timothy Thomas Fortune, one of earliest civil rights organizations in America

  • Jan 25 United Mine Workers of America forms

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (d. 1966)
  • Jan 4 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavian communist politician who worked with Tito, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1957)
  • Jan 7 Henny Porten, German silent screen star (Deception), born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 1960)
  • Jan 8 Sandor Rado, Hungarian-American psychoanalyst, born in Kisvárda, Hungary (d. 1972)
  • Jan 9 Karel Čapek, Czech writer, playwright and critic (R.U.R.); coined the word "robot", born in Malé Svatoňovice, Hungary (d. 1938)
  • Jan 9 Kurt Tucholsky, German journalist and writer (Panther Tiger & Co), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1935)
  • Jan 10 Grigory Landsberg, Soviet physicist, born in Vologda, Russia (d. 1957)
  • Jan 11 Oswald de Andrade, Brazilian author (one of the modernist Group of Five), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1954)
  • Jan 12 Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, pastor and educator, born in Paris, Tennessee (d. 1976)
  • Jan 13 Jüri Uluots, Estonian Prime Minister (d. 1945)
  • Jan 22 Fred M. Vinson, American Democratic politician, US Treasury Secretary (1945-46) and the 13th Chief Justice of US Supreme Court (1946-53), born in Louisa, Kentucky (d. 1953)
  • Jan 26 Charles Scribner III, American book publisher, born in New York City (d. 1952)
  • Jan 28 Robert Stroud, American murderer, convict, and ornithologist dubbed "Birdman of Alcatraz", born in Seattle Washington (d. 1963)
  • Jan 31 Adolf Bach, German language professor and sociologist (Deutsche Namenkunde) (d. 1972)

Weddings in History

J. J. Thomson

Jan 2 Physicist J. J. Thomson (33) weds Rose Elisabeth Paget

Deaths in History

  • Jan 7 Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, wife of German Emperor William I, dies at 78
  • Jan 15 Lucia Zarate, Mexican entertainer (lightest known adult human - 2.1 kg at 17), dies at 26
  • Jan 18 Amadeus/Amadeo I, duke of Aosta and King of Spain (1870-73), dies at 44
  • Jan 28 Prudence Crandall, American educator and founder of School for "young ladies of colour", dies at 86