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January 1893 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 1st US college extension courses for credit, University of Chicago

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Jan 1 Japan adopts the Gregorian calendar

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Pope Gregory XIII with the calendar that was to make his name
Pope Gregory XIII with the calendar that was to make his name
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  • 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

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

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • Jan 7 Hermann Sudermanns "Heimat" premieres in Berlin
  • Jan 10 Richard Drigo's ballet "Magic Flute" premieres, St Petersburg

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Jan 11 Jaap Eden skates world record 1500m (2:35)

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • 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
  • 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/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)

Person of interestHermann 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)

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 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


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Person of interestRutherford B. Hayes

Jan 17 Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th US President (Republican: 1877-81), dies of a heart attack at 70

19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes
19th US President
Rutherford B. Hayes
  • 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
  • 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