What Happened in February 1812

Historical Events

  • Feb 7 8.2 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri
  • Feb 7 Poet Lord Byron (6th Baron Byron) makes his maiden speech in House of Lords
  • Feb 11 Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill - first "gerrymander"

Famous Birthdays


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Feb 7 Charles Dickens, English novelist (Oliver Twist, Tale of 2 Cities), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire (d. 1870)

Novelist Charles Dickens
Novelist
Charles Dickens

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Feb 11 Alexander H. Stephens, US Confederate Vice President, born in Crawfordville, Georgia (d. 1883)

Confederate States VP Alexander H. Stephens
Confederate States VP
Alexander H. Stephens
  • Feb 11 Benjamin Franklin Sands, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1883)
  • Feb 14 Alfred Thomas Agate, American artist (d. 1846)
  • Feb 15 Charles Lewis Tiffany, Killingly Ct, jeweler (Tiffany)
  • Feb 16 Henry Wilson, (R) 18th VP (1873-75)
  • Feb 19 Lauro Rossi, Italian composer (I falsi monetari), born in Macerata (d. 1885)
  • Feb 29 Hermann Hirschboch, German composer
  • Feb 29 Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1880, also on 29 February)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 5 Franz Schneider, composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 6 Carlo Goldoni, writer, dies at 104
  • Feb 9 Franz Anton Hoffmeister, composer, dies at 57
  • Feb 24 Hugo Kollataj, Polish teacher/minister, dies at 61
  • Feb 24 Etienne-Louis Malus, French physicist and mathematician (b. 1775)