On This Day

January 1892 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Ellis Island opens as a US immigration inspection station - it would go on to be the gateway to the US for more than 12 million people
  • Jan 5 1st successful auroral photograph made
  • Jan 7 Mine explosion kills 100 in Krebs, Oklahoma; blacks trying to help rescue white survivors, driven away with guns
  • Jan 11 Hawaiian Historical Society founded
  • Jan 11 William D McCoy of Indiana appointed US minister to Liberia
  • Jan 24 Battle of Mengo, Uganda: French missionaries attack British missionaries
  • Jan 29 The Coca-Cola Company is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 30 Bobby Abel carries his bat for 132* for England in SCG Test
  • Jan 30 Capt Lugard occupies Uganda's King Mwanga's hide out

Birthdays in History


Person of interestManuel Roxas

Jan 1 Manuel Roxas, 5th President of the Philippines (1946-48), born in Capiz, Philippines (d. 1948)

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • Jan 2 Lura Anson, Nebraska, entertainer
  • Jan 9 Eva Bowring, American politician (d. 1985)
  • Jan 10 Dumas Malone, American historian (Jefferson & His Time), born in Coldwater, Mississippi (d. 1986)
  • Jan 12 Mikhail Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (d. 1976)
  • Jan 14 Martin Niemöller, German theologian who supported, then opposed the Nazi regime, famous for his widely quoted poem "First they came ...", born in Lippstadt, Germany (d. 1984)
  • Jan 15 Rex Ingram [Reginald Hitchcock], Irish director (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1950)
  • Jan 18 Paul Rostock, German surgeon, born in Kręcko, Poland (d. 1956)
  • Jan 19 Ólafur Thors, Icelandic Prime Minister (5 times between 1942-63), born in Borgarnes, Iceland (d. 1964)
  • Jan 22 Marcel Dassault [Bloch], French airplane builder
  • Jan 30 Grigore Gafencu, Romanian Minister of Foreign affairs (1938-39), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1957)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 11 Painter Paul Gauguin marries Teha'amana, a 13-year-old Tahitian girl

Painter and Sculptor Paul Gauguin
Painter and Sculptor
Paul Gauguin

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Roswell B. Mason, Mayor of Chicago, dies at 86
  • Jan 2 Frederick William Barber, South African frontiersman & scientist, dies at 78
  • Jan 2 George Biddell Airy, English mathematician and 7th Astronomer Royal, dies at 90
  • Jan 7 Muḥammad Tawfīq Pasha, Khedive of Egypt (1879-92), dies at 39
  • Jan 7 Ernst Wilhelm von Brücke, German physician and physiologist, dies at 72
  • Jan 8 John Heykamp, old-catholic archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 67
  • Jan 14 Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence, British prince (b. 1864)
  • Jan 16 Imakita Kosen, Zen teacher/abbot of Engagkuji monastery, dies
  • Jan 18 Anton Anderledy, Swiss Superior General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1819)
  • Jan 21 John Couch Adams, English astronomer (co-discover Neptune), dies at 72
  • Jan 22 Joseph Philo Bradley, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1813)
  • Jan 31 Charles Spurgeon, English preacher and evangelist, dies at 57