On This Day

January 1899 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Cuba liberated from Spanish rule by the US, American occupation continues till 1902
  • Jan 3 1st known use of the word "automobile", appears in an editorial in The New York Times
  • Jan 12 Lynmouth Lifeboat rescues 18 people from the stricken schooner Forest Hall off the coast of Devon
  • Jan 17 US takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific
  • Jan 19 Anglo-Egyptian Sudan forms
  • Jan 21 Opel manufactures its first automobile
  • Jan 22 Leaders of six Australian colonies meet in Melbourne to discuss confederation

Historic Event

Jan 23 Emilio Aguinaldo is sworn in as President of the First Philippine Republic

  • Jan 24 Belgium government of Vandenpeereboom forms
  • Jan 24 Rubber heel for boots or shoes patented by American Humphrey O'Sullivan
  • Jan 28 American Social Science Association incorporated by Congress

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 2 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian premier/Secretary-General of NATO (1957-61)
  • Jan 8 S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, 4th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1956-59), born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 1959)
  • Jan 12 Paul H Muller, Swiss chemist (DDT-Nobel 1948), born in Olten, Switzerland (d. 1965)
  • Jan 14 Fritz Bayerlein, German general (WWI, Poland, Libya, St-Lo), born in German Empire (d. 1970)

Al Capone

Jan 17 Al Capone, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1947)

  • Jan 17 Nevil Shute [Norway], English-Australian novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice), born in London, England (d. 1960)
  • Jan 17 Robert Maynard Hutchins, American educator/civil libertarian
  • Jan 17 Roel [Martinus F] Houwink, Dutch literary (1 Man Without Character)
  • Jan 20 Kenjiro Takayanagi, Japanese engineer, born in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka (d. 1990)
  • Jan 22 Guido Kisch, Czech/German/American historian (Jews in medieval Germany)
  • Jan 23 Joseph Nathan Kane, American non-fiction writer & journalist (Famous Firsts), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • Jan 26 Wyllis Cooper, American TV narrator (Volume One), born in Pekin, Illinois (d. 1955)
  • Jan 28 Elias Simojoki, Finnish clergyman and politician (d. 1940)
  • Jan 30 Max Theiler, South African-American virologist who developed vaccine for Yellow Fever (Nobel Prize 1951), born in Pretoria (d. 1972)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 10 Gerard Keller, Dutch writer (Vlugmaren), dies at 69
  • Jan 12 Hiram Walker, American entrepreneur and founder of the Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. distillery, dies at 82
  • Jan 16 Charles Chiniquy, Canadian Catholic priest who left the Roman Catholic Church and became a Presbyterian minister, dies at 89
  • Jan 17 Jedediah Hotchkiss, American topographer and cartographer, dies at 70
  • Jan 25 Alfredo d'Escragnolle, French/Brazilian writer (Innocencia), dies
  • Jan 29 Alfred Sisley, French impressionist painter, dies at 59
  • Jan 29 Robert J Fruin, Dutch historian (80-year war), dies at 75