What Happened in February 1815

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 World's first commercial cheese factory established, in Switzerland
  • Feb 6 NJ issues 1st US railroad charter (John Stevens)
  • Feb 13 The Cambridge Union Society is founded.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26 Napoleon Bonaparte & his supporters leave Elba to start a 100-day re-conquest of France

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Nathaniel Collins McLean, Brig Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1905)
  • Feb 12 Edward Forbes, Douglas Isle of Man, English Naturalist and pioneer in the field of biogeography
  • Feb 18 Henri Leys, Flemish painter
  • Feb 21 Ernest Meissonier, French painter/sculptor
  • Feb 25 Robert Hall Chilton, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1879)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 4 Geert Reinders, Dutch cattle breeder/inoculation proponent, dies at 77
  • Feb 4 Jacob van Strij, Dutch cartoonist/graphic artist, dies at 58
  • Feb 17 Franz Gotz, Bohemian composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 19 Leonhard von Call, composer, dies at 47

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 24 Robert Fulton, steamboat pioneer, dies at 49

Commercial Steamboat Inventor Robert Fulton
Commercial Steamboat Inventor
Robert Fulton
  • Feb 26 Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (b. 1737)