What Happened in February 1820

Historical Events

  • Feb 6 1st organized emigration of blacks back to Africa (NY to Sierra Leone)
  • Feb 6 US population announced at 9,638,453, African Americans 1,771,656 (18.4%)
  • Feb 6 First 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society start a settlement in present-day Liberia
  • Feb 23 Cato Street conspiracy uncovered

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 George Hendric Houghton, American Protestant Episcopal clergyman (d. 1897)
  • Feb 2 Hans E Schack, Danish politician/writer (Phantasterne)
  • Feb 3 Elisha Kent Kane, US Arctic explorer (Kane Basin off NW Greenland)

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Feb 8 William Tecumseh Sherman, American Major General in the Union Army, born in Lancaster, Ohio (d. 1891)

  • Feb 13 Bela Albrecht Pal Keler, composer

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Feb 15 Susan B. Anthony, American social reformer and women's suffrage movement leader, born in Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1906)

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony
  • Feb 17 Henri Vieuxtemps, Verviers Belgium, composer/teacher (Brussels Cons)
  • Feb 17 Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau, Catholic cardinal (d. 1898)
  • Feb 20 Mahlon Dickerson Manson, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1895)
  • Feb 28 John Tenniel, England, cartoonist/illustrator (Alice in Wonderland)
  • Feb 29 Adolf Schimon, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 7 Samuel Adams Holyoke, composer, dies at 57
  • Feb 12 Guillaume Albert Teniers, composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 14 Charles F, Duke of Berry, murdered at 42
  • Feb 15 Pierre-Joseph Cambon, member of Committee the Salut Public, dies at 63
  • Feb 15 William Ellery, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 92
  • Feb 16 Georg Carl von Döbeln, Swedish Lieutenant General and war hero (b. 1758).
  • Feb 29 Johann Joachim Eschenburg, German literary critic (b. 1743)