January 1909 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Drilling begins on the Lakeview Gusher
  • Jan 1 In Great Britain, the Old Age Pension Law is finally instituted, providing pensions for every British subject over 70 with low income
  • Jan 2 1st official Dutch 11 city skate (Minne Hoekstra in 13:50)
  • Jan 5 Colombia recognizes Panama's independence

Historic Expedition

Jan 9 Ernest Shackleton as part of the British Nimrod Expedition reaches a record farthest South latitude (88°23' south)

  • Jan 16 Anrtarctic explorers Douglas Mawson, Edgeworth David and Alistair Mackay reach south magnetic pole as part of the Nimrod Expedition
  • Jan 19 Eugene Walter's "Easiest Way" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 22 Vassily Kandinsky forms Kunstlerverein in Munich
  • Jan 23 1st radio rescue at sea during CQD distress code by the British Royal Mail steamship Republic off Nantucket Island
  • Jan 27 The Young Left is founded in Norway
  • Jan 28 US military forces leave Cuba for 2nd time

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Barry Goldwater, American politician (Senator-R-Arizona, 1953-65, 69-87) and 1964 presidential candidate (R), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 1998)

Stepan BanderaStepan Bandera (1909-1959)

Jan 1 Ukrainian nationalist, leader of the terrorist Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN-B), Nazi collaborator and anti-communist, born in Staryi Uhryniv, Galicia, Austria-Hungary

  • Jan 2 René Étiemble, French scholar, novelist and translator (work on Rimbaud), born in Mayenne, France (d. 2002)
  • Jan 5 Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith, British bibliophile (d. 1996)
  • Jan 5 Stephen Cole Kleene, American mathematician (Regular Expressions), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • Jan 6 Joop Moesman, Dutch surrealist painter (Rumor), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • Jan 7 Thalassa Cruso, English-American gardening expert (The Mike Douglas Show; The Tonight Show), born in London (d. 1997)
  • Jan 8 Evelyn Wood, American educator (d. 1995)

Marinus van der LubbeMarinus van der Lubbe (1909-1934)

Jan 13 Dutch communist (executed by the Nazis after setting fire to the German Reichstag), born in Leiden, Netherlands

  • Jan 15 Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1939)
  • Jan 22 Porfirio Rubirosa, Dominican diplomat and international playboy (d. 1965)

U ThantU Thant (1909-1974)

Jan 22 Burmese politician and 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1961-72), born in Pantanaw, Burma, British India

  • Jan 29 George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy, British politician (Speaker of the House of Commons), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 1997)
  • Jan 30 Saul David Alinsky, American radical writer (John L Lewis), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • Jan 31 Miron Grindea, Romanian-born literary editor (ADAM International Review), born in Târgu Ocna, Moldavia (d. 1995)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 12 Hermann Minkowski, German mathematician (b. 1864)
  • Jan 14 Zinovy Rozhestvensky, Russian imperial navy admiral (Battle of Tsushima), dies at 60
  • Jan 15 Arnold Janssen missionary (b. 1837)
  • Jan 15 Ernst von Wildenbruch, German playwright (Das Edle Blut), dies at 63
  • Jan 17 Sir Francis Smith, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1819
  • Jan 22 Emil Erlenmeyer, German chemist (Erlenmeyer flask), dies at 83
  • Jan 30 Martha Finley, American children's book author (Elsie Dinsmore series), dies at 80