January 1885 in history

January 1885 events chronologically

Jan 1 Twenty-five nations adopt Sandford Fleming's proposal for standard time (and also, time zones)
Jan 3 Sino-French War: Beginning of the Battle of Núi Bop
Jan 17 A British force defeats a large Dervish army at the Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan
Jan 26 Troops loyal to The Mahdi conquer Khartoum, killing the Governor-General Charles George Gordon

Top 7 most famous people born in January 1885

Jan 8 John Curtin an Australian politician who was the 14th Prime Minister of Australia from 1941 to 1945 and the Leader of the Labor Party from 1935 to 1945. Having first formed a minority government in 1941, Curtin went on to lead Labor to a still-existing record landslide at the 1943 election on both the two-party vote and swing, winning two thirds of seats in the House of Representatives. Curtin successfully led Australia through the period when the nation was directly threatened by the Japanese advance in World War II, and is today widely regarded as one of the country's greatest ever Prime Ministers. With the end of the war in sight, Curtin died in office on 5 July 1945 and was succeeded briefly by Frank Forde and then by Ben Chifley
Jan 8 A. J. Muste a Dutch-born American clergyman and political activist. Muste is best remembered for his work in the labor movement, pacifist movement, anti-war movement, and the U.S. civil rights movement
Jan 11 Alice Paul an American suffragist, feminist, and women's rights activist, and the main leader and strategist of the 1910s campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which prohibits gender discrimination in the right to vote. Along with Lucy Burns and others, Paul strategized the events, such as the Silent Sentinels, which led the successful campaign that resulted in its passage in 1920
Jan 17 Nikolaus von Falkenhorst a German General in the Second World War. He planned and commanded the German invasion of Denmark and Norway in 1940, and was commander of German troops in the Arctic from 1941 to 1944
Jan 21 Umberto Nobile an Italian aeronautical engineer and Arctic explorer. Nobile was a developer and promoter of semi-rigid airships during the Golden Age of Aviation between the two World Wars. He is primarily remembered for designing and piloting the airship Norge, which may have been the first aircraft to reach the North Pole, and which was indisputably the first to fly across the polar ice cap from Europe to America. Nobile also designed and flew the Italia, a second polar airship; this second expedition ended in a deadly crash and provoked an international rescue effort
Jan 27 Jerome Kern an American composer of musical theatre and popular music. One of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century, he wrote more than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as "Ol' Man River", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "A Fine Romance", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "All the Things You Are", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Long Ago " and "Who?". He collaborated with many of the leading librettists and lyricists of his era, including George Grossmith Jr., Guy Bolton, G. Wodehouse, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin and Y. Harburg
Jan 28 Władysław Raczkiewicz a Polish political figure and the first president of the Polish government in exile from 1939 until his death in 1947. Until 1945 he was the internationally recognized Polish head of state, and the Polish Government in Exile was recognized as the continuum to the Polish government of 1939

Top 7 most famous people died in January 1885

Jan 6 Peter Christen Asbjørnsen a Norwegian writer and scholar. He and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe were collectors of Norwegian folklore. They were so closely united in their lives' work that their folk tale collections are commonly mentioned only as "Asbjørnsen and Moe"
Jan 6 Bharatendu Harishchandra known as the father of modern Hindi Literature as well as Hindi theatre. He is considered one of the greatest Hindi writers of modern India. A recognised poet, he was also a trend setter in Hindi prose-writing. He was an author of several dramas, life sketches and travel accounts; he also used new media like reports, publications, letters to the editor, translations and literary works to shape public opinion
Jan 11 Mariano Ospina Rodríguez a Colombian politician, journalist and lawyer, founder of the Colombian Conservative Party and later President of Colombia between 1857 and 1861 during the Granadine Confederation.
Jan 12 Prince August of Württemberg a royal Prussian Colonel General of the Cavalry with the rank of Generalfeldmarschall and Kommandierender General of the Guards Corps for more than 20 years. August was a member of the House of Württemberg and a Prince of Württemberg by birth
Jan 13 Schuyler Colfax a United States Representative from Indiana , Speaker of the House of Representatives , and the 17th Vice President of the United States. To date, he is one of only two Americans to have served as both House speaker and vice president
Jan 16 Edmond François Valentin About a French novelist, publicist and journalist.
Jan 26 Charles George Gordon a British army officer and administrator.