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January 1896 in History

Events in History


InventionScientific Discovery

Jan 1 German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Wilhelm Röntgen
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Wilhelm Röntgen
  • Jan 2 Battle at Doornkop, South Africa (Boers beat Dr Jamesons troops)
  • Jan 3 Emperor Wilhelm congratulates President Kruger on the Jameson Raid
  • Jan 4 Following Mormon abandonment of polygamy, Utah admitted as 45th state
  • Jan 5 "Die Presse" newspaper (Germany) publicly announces Wilhelm Röntgen's discovery of X-rays and their potential for new methods of medical diagnoses in a front-page article

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 Cecil Rhodes resigns as premier of Cape colony

British Businessman and Imperialist Politician Cecil Rhodes
British Businessman and Imperialist Politician
Cecil Rhodes
  • Jan 7 Fannie Farmer publishes her first cookbook "The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book"
  • Jan 12 1st X-ray photo in US (Dr Henry Smith, Davidson NC)
  • Jan 15 Henry Arthur Jones' "Michael & his Lost Angel" premieres in London
  • Jan 16 Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire.
  • Jan 18 1st demonstration of an X-ray machine in US (NYC)
  • Jan 18 British troops occupy Kumasi, West Africa
  • Jan 23 Edward Macdowell's 2nd Suite in E premieres
  • Jan 27 Tasmania bowl out Victoria for 65 for their 1st ever innings victory
  • Jan 29 Emile Grubbe is the first doctor to use radiation treatment for breast cancer

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 2 Dziga Vertiv [Denis A Kaufman], Russian director (Sjagai, Soviet!)
  • Jan 2 Sir Lawrence Wackett, Australian aircraft engineer (d. 1982)
  • Jan 3 Joe Falcaro, American bowler (National Match Game champion 1929-33), born in Lawrence, New York (d. 1951)
  • Jan 4 Everett Dirksen, American politician (Sen-R-Ill) (d. 1969)
  • Jan 5 Hendrik Algra, Dutch teacher, journalist, historian, and politician (ARP), born in Hurdegaryp, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • Jan 6 Abram Nicholas Pritzker, American businessman (Hyatt Hotels, McCall's magazine), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • Jan 6 Freerk Siemon Wolters, Dutch resistance fighter, born in Zuidwolde, Netherlands (d. 1945)
  • Jan 8 Manuel Rojas Sepulveda, Chile, writer (Men of the South)
  • Jan 8 Arthur Ford, American psychic (d. 1971)
  • Jan 12 David Wechsler, American psychologist (d. 1981)
  • Jan 14 John dos Passos, American novelist (1919, Big Money, 42nd Parallel), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1970)
  • Jan 18 Hans H. Holm, Norwegian poet (Jonsoknatt), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1980)
  • Jan 18 C. M. Eddy, Jr., American writer, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1967)
  • Jan 23 Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (1919-64), born in Berg Castle, Luxembourg (d. 1985)
  • Jan 25 John Moores, British businessman, born in Lancashire, England (d. 1993)
  • Jan 31 Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1966)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 1 1st Filipino President Emilio Aguinaldo (26) weds first wife Hilaria del Rosario

Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Alfred Ely Beach, American inventor, dies at 69
  • Jan 4 Joseph Hubert Reinkens, German Old Catholic bishop (b. 1821)
  • Jan 8 William Rainey Marshall, Governor of Minnesota (b. 1825)
  • Jan 8 Paul Verlaine, French poet (b. 1844)
  • Jan 15 Matthew B Brady, US photographer (Civil War), dies at about 72
  • Jan 18 Charles Floquet, French statesman and 44th Prime Minister of France, dies at 67
  • Jan 20 Henry von Battenberg, German son-in-law of Queen Victoria, dies at 37
  • Jan 25 Frans Baeckelmans, Flemish architect (Court of Justice), dies at 68
  • Jan 25 Frederic Leighton, President of the Royal Academy (1878-96), dies