On This Day

January 1893 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 1st US college extension courses for credit, University of Chicago
  • Jan 1 The railway line from Germiston to Pretoria, South Africa, is opened to traffic
  • Jan 2 1st US commemoratives & 1st US stamp to picture a woman issued (Queen Isabella, patron of Columbus)
  • Jan 2 World's Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago [or 0501]
  • Jan 4 US President Cleveland grants amnesty to Mormon polygamy
  • Jan 6 Great Northern Railway connects Seattle with east coast

Historic Event

Jan 6 The Washington National Cathedral is chartered by Congress. The charter is signed by President Benjamin Harrison.

  • Jan 7 Hermann Sudermanns' play "Heimat" premieres in Berlin
  • Jan 10 Richard Drigo's ballet "Magic Flute" premieres, St Petersburg
  • Jan 13 British Independent Labour Party forms (Keir Hardie as its leader)
  • Jan 13 U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.
  • Jan 17 -17°F (-27°C), Millsboro, Delaware (state record)
  • Jan 17 Queen Liliuokalani is deposed by an American coup, Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic
  • Jan 17 Franco-Russian Alliance is signed

Theater Premiere

Jan 19 Henrik Ibsen's play The Master Builder premieres in Berlin

  • Jan 21 Tati Concessions Land, formerly part of Matabeleland, formally annexed to the Bechuanaland Protectorate (now Botswana)
  • Jan 28 Edward Mcdowell's "Hamlet & Ophelia" premieres in Boston
  • Jan 31 "Westminster Gazette" begins publishing

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 2 Lillian Leitzel, German acrobat and strongwoman (d. 1931)
  • Jan 3 Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, French novelist and essayist (Gilles)
  • Jan 4 Yone Minagawa, Japanese, became worlds oldest living person January 29, 2007. (d. Aug. 13, 2007)
  • Jan 5 Zoltán Böszörmény, Hungarian Nazi politician, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. unknown)
  • Jan 5 Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru (Autobiography of a Yogi), born in Gorakhpur, India (d. 1952)
  • Jan 10 Albert Jacka, Australian soldier, first Australian World War I Victoria Cross winner (d. 1932)

Hermann Goering

Jan 12 Hermann Goering, Nazi Party leader, Vice-Chancellor of Germany (1941-45) and World War I fighter pilot ace, born in Rosenheim, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire (d. 1946)

  • Jan 12 Alfred Rosenberg, German Nazi official (d. 1946)
  • Jan 13 Clarke Ashton Smith, American sci-fi author (Lost Worlds, Genius Loci)
  • Jan 13 Roy Cazaly, Australian rules footballer (d. 1963)
  • Jan 15 Dragisa Cvetkovic, Serbian premiere of Yugoslavia (1939-4.)
  • Jan 20 Kaj Birket-Smith, Danish etnologist/anthropologist (Eskimos)
  • Jan 23 Frank Carlson, American politician (Gov/Rep/Sen-R-Ks), born in Cloud County, Kansas (d. 1987)
  • Jan 26 Bessie Coleman, 1st African American airplane pilot
  • Jan 26 Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (d. 1976)
  • Jan 27 Soong Ching-ling, Chinese wife of Sun Yat-sen (d. 1981)
  • Jan 31 Freya Stark, English explorer/ travel writer

Weddings in History

Rudyard Kipling

Jan 18 British Poet and writer Rudyard Kipling (26) marries Carrie Balestier (29) in London

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 John Obadiah Westwood, British entomologist, dies at 87
  • Jan 7 Jožef Stefan, Slovenian physicist and mathematician (b. 1835)
  • Jan 9 Mohara, Arab ivory/slave trader, dies in battle & is eaten
  • Jan 11 Benjamin F Butler, US gen/presidential candidate (anti-monopoly), dies at 74
  • Jan 16 Johan Philip Koelman, painter/sculptor/architect, dies at 74
  • Jan 23 Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Spanish poet (Granada), dies at 75
  • Jan 23 Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, American politician and U.S. Supreme Court Justice, dies at 67

James G. Blaine

Jan 27 James G. Blaine, US Secretary of State (1881 and 1889-92) known as the "Plumed Knight", dies at 62

  • Jan 28 Samuel S. Carroll, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 60