January 1874 in history

Top 7 most famous people born in January 1874

Jan 1 Gustave Whitehead an aviation pioneer who emigrated from Germany to the United States where he designed and built gliders, flying machines and engines between 1897 and 1915. Controversy surrounds published accounts and Whitehead's own claims that he flew a powered machine successfully several times in 1901 and 1902, predating the first flights by the Wright Brothers in 1903
Jan 4 Josef Suk (composer) a Czech composer and violinist.
Jan 5 Joseph Erlanger best known for his contributions to the field of neuroscience. Together with Herbert Spencer Gasser, he identified several varieties of nerve fiber and established the relationship between action potential velocity and fiber diameter. They were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1944 for these achievements
Jan 16 Robert W. Service a British-Canadian poet and writer who has often been called "the Bard of the Yukon". He is best known for his poems "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee", from his first book, Songs of a Sourdough. His vivid descriptions of the Yukon and its people made it seem that he was a veteran of the Klondike gold rush, instead of the late-arriving bank clerk he actually was. "These humorous tales in verse were considered doggerel by the literary set, yet remain extremely popular to this day."
Jan 20 Steve Bloomer an English footballer and manager who played for Derby County, Middlesbrough and England during the 1890s and 1900s. Bloomer remains a legend at Derby County and the club anthem, Steve Bloomer's Watchin', is played before every home game. On 17 January 2009 a bust of Bloomer was unveiled next to the home dugout at Pride Park Stadium
Jan 25 W. Somerset Maugham a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest paid author during the 1930s
Jan 29 John D. Rockefeller Jr. an American financier and philanthropist who was a prominent member of the Rockefeller family. He was the only son among the five children of Standard Oil co-founder John Rockefeller and the father of the five famous Rockefeller brothers. In biographies, he is commonly referred to as "Junior" to distinguish him from his father, "Senior"

Top 7 most famous people died in January 1874

Jan 6 Friedrich Wilhelm Rembert von Berg a Russian Field Marshal, and the Governor-General of Finland from 1855 to 1861.
Jan 8 Charles Étienne Brasseur de Bourbourg a noted French writer, ethnographer, historian and archaeologist. He became a specialist in Mesoamerican studies, travelling extensively in the region. His writings, publications, and recovery of historical documents contributed much to knowledge of the region's languages, writing, history and culture, particularly those of the Maya and Aztec. However, his speculations concerning relationships between the ancient Maya and the lost continent of Atlantis inspired Ignatius Donnelly and encouraged the pseudo-science of Mayanism
Jan 11 Gail Borden most known as the developer of condensed milk in 1853. Borden co-plotted the cities of Houston and Galveston in 1836. Having returned to the New York area to market another product, he set up factories for condensed milk in Connecticut, and later in New York and Illinois. Demand was high for his product by the Union Army during the American Civil War. His New York Condensed Milk Company changed its name to Borden after his death
Jan 13 Victor Baltard a French architect.
Jan 14 Johann Philipp Reis a self-taught German scientist and inventor. In 1861, he constructed the first make-and-break telephone, today called the Reis telephone
Jan 17 Chang and Eng Bunker were Thai-American conjoined twin brothers whose condition and birthplace became the basis for the term "Siamese twins".
Jan 19 August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben a German poet. He is best known for writing "Das Lied der Deutschen", its third stanza now being the national anthem of Germany, and a number of popular children's songs