January 1, 1839: Happy birthday Louise de la Ramé! Louise de la Ramé (better known by her pen name Ouida) was a prominent figure in a movement which has been greatly misunderstood and deliberately villianized by later generations with their own agendas: the women's anti-suffrage movement. Louise de la Ramé and other women like her (First Lady Frances Cleveland, journalist Lucy Price, and Special Agent to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Minnie Bronson, to name a few) felt that suffrage would prove detrimental to the power women already wielded and would have no compensating benefit on politics. As De la Ramé wrote, "you can make no nation virtuous by act of parliament."
(Ouida image courtesy National Portrait Gallery)
January 1, 1889: Total eclipse of the sun visible in the western United States.
January 3, 1892: Happy birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien!
January 3, 1893: Miss Louise Austin of WA state files a patent for pinking shears.
January 4, 1838: Happy birthday Charles Sherwood Stratton, a.k.a. General Tom Thumb, performer with P.T. Barnum's show.
January 5, 1855: The Morning Star of Tillamook was launched. This schooner was the first ship built and registered in the Oregon Territory. The goods aboard included butter from Tillamook County, and today the Tillamook Creamery Association proudly depicts The Morning Star in full sail.
January 8, 1824: Happy birthday, Wilkie Collins!
January 8, 1889: Herman Hollerith patents an electric tabulating system, an early computer used for tabulating the U.S. Census. He would later found the Tabulating Machine Company, which merged into the Calculating-Tabulating-Recording Company, later renamed IBM.
An excerpt from Delivery Delayed, Book IV in the Tales of Chetzemoka:
January 9, 1854: Happy birthday, Jennie Jerome Churchill!
From Appendix V of A Trip and a Tumble:
January 10, 1840: Penny post introduced in Britain.
January 11, 1818: Happy birthday, James G. Swan! Swan lived with and wrote about the aboriginal tribes of the Pacific Northwest in the mid 19th-century. His writings have been, and continue to be, very useful to me in understanding the cultures of the region as I write my Tales of Chetzemoka series.
January 24, 1848: Gold discovered near San Francisco during the building of a sawmill. This was not yet the start of the '49 gold rush, but it was a small glimpse of greater things to come. <http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist/chron1.html> <http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist2/gold.html>
Gabriel's paper on the topic:
Listen to Gabriel being interviewed about this subject:
January 28, 1888: Lunar eclipse.
January 1: New Year's Day —time to go to another year!
January 21, 2019: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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