January 1911 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Belgian Mining law introduces 9½ hour work day
  • Jan 1 South Australia transfers Northern Territory to federal government
  • Jan 3 The Government of India announces that emigration to Natal, Southern Africa, is prohibited with effect from 1 July
  • Jan 3 The Russian Turkestan city of Almaty is destroyed by a magnitude 7.7 earthquake
  • Jan 3 The Siege of Sidney Street: fire fight breaks out in London's East End between Latvian gang and Police, who request army back-up. First Siege caught on camera by Pathé News with Winston Churchill observing [1]
  • Jan 3 US postal savings bank inaugurated
  • Jan 5 San Francisco has its first air meet
  • Jan 7 Dutch Scouts Organization established in Amsterdam
  • Jan 10 1st photo in US taken from an airplane, San Diego
  • Jan 10 Honduras signs treaty turning over customs to US (not ratified)
  • Jan 12 The University of the Philippines College of Law is formally established; three future Philippine presidents are among the first enrollees.

Theater Premiere

Jan 13 Gerhart Hauptmann's play "Die Ratten" (The Rats) premieres in Berlin

Event of Interest

Jan 13 Roald Amundsen anchors at Walvis Bay, southwestern Africa

  • Jan 13 South Africa's 1st win over Australia, at Adelaide
  • Jan 14 Roald Amundsen's South Pole expedition lands on the Ross Ice Shelf
  • Jan 15 1st airplane bombing experiments with explosives at San Francisco
  • Jan 16 Pandora becomes 1st 2-man sailboat to round Cape Horn west to east

Assassination Attempt

Jan 17 Failed assassination attempt on French Prime Minister Aristide Briand in the French Assembly

  • Jan 17 Percy Mackaye's "Scarecrow" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 18 1st shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park to USS Pennsylvania)
  • Jan 26 Glenn Curtiss pilots 1st successful hydroplane, San Diego
  • Jan 28 Frenchman Henri Rougier wins 1st Rally of Monte Carlo
  • Jan 30 1st rescue of an air passenger by a ship, near Havana, Cuba
  • Jan 30 The Canadian Naval Service becomes the Royal Canadian Navy
  • Jan 31 Congress names San Francisco as Panama Canal opening celebration site

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 3 John Sturges, American film director (Old Man & Sea, Magnificent 7), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • Jan 6 Eduardo Frei Montalva, Chilean political leader (President 1964-70), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1982)
  • Jan 9 Richard Selwyn Francis Schiling, British professor of occupational health, born in Kessingland, Suffolk (d. 1997)
  • Jan 9 Stafford WIlliam Somerfield, British newspaper editor, born in Barnstaple, Somerfield (d. 1995)
  • Jan 10 Tjalie Robinson [Jan Boon], Dutch East Indies writer and journalist (Tong Tong), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • Jan 11 Nora Heysen, Australian artist (d. 2003)
  • Jan 11 Zenko Suzuki, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 2004)
  • Jan 13 Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, Australian politician, Premier of Queensland (1968-87), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand (d. 2005)
  • Jan 14 Anatoly Rybakov, Russian writer, born in Chernihiv, Ukraine (d. 1998)
  • Jan 14 J. Skelly Wright, American judge (anti-segregationist), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1988)
  • Jan 15 Cy Feuer, Broadway producer (Feuer & Martin-Chorus Line), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • Jan 15 Wim Kan, Dutch cabaret artist, born in South Holland, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • Jan 16 Gilbert Gadoffre, French scholar (Professor of French) and wartime resister (d. 1995)
  • Jan 22 Bruno Kreisky, Austrian politician (Chancellor, 1970-83; Foreign Minister, 1959-66), born in Margareten, Vienna, Austria (d. 1990)
  • Jan 24 C. L. Moore, American science fiction & fantasy writer (Judgment Night), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1987)
  • Jan 26 Polykarp Kusch, American nuclear physicist (1955 Nobel Prize for Physics - for determining the magnetic moment of the electron), born in Blankenburg, Germany (d. 1993)
  • Jan 28 Johan van Hulst, Dutch teacher who helped save 600 children from the Nazis, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • Jan 29 Peter von Siemens, German industrialist (d. 1986)
  • Jan 30 Alexander George Ogston, British biochemist, and educator (professor at Australian National University, 1959-70; president of Trinity College - Oxford, 1970-78), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1996)
  • Jan 31 Christina Foyle, English book seller (Foyles), born in London, England (d. 1999) [1]

Weddings in History

Neville Chamberlain

Jan 5 British PM Neville Chamberlain (41) weds Anne de Vere Cole

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 Alexandros Papadiamantis, Greek author (The Murderess), dies at 59
  • Jan 9 Edvard Rusjan, Slovene flight pioneer (b. 1886)
  • Jan 17 Francis Galton, British anthropologist and geneticist (eugenics), dies at 88
  • Jan 24 David Graham Phillips, American journalist and novelist (b. 1867)
  • Jan 25 Kanno Sugako, Japanese anarcho-feminist journalist, hanged for her role in the plot to assassinate Emperor Meiji, dies at 29
  • Jan 26 Charles Dilke, British statesman and Radical politician, dies at 67