What Happened in February 1821

Historical Events

  • Feb 12 Mercantile Library of City of NY opens
  • Feb 22 Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million
  • Feb 23 College of Apothecaries organized in Phil; 1st US pharmacy college
  • Feb 24 Mexico gains independence from Spain

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Charles Samvei Bovy-Lysberg, composer

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Feb 3 Elizabeth Blackwell, English-American physician who was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, born in Bristol, England (d. 1910)

  • Feb 10 William Read Scurry, (Confederate Army Brigadier General, (d. 1864))
  • Feb 11 Hermann Allmers, writer
  • Feb 11 Auguste-Édouard Mariette, French Egyptologist (d. 1881)
  • Feb 15 Abraham de Amorie van der de Have, theologist/poet
  • Feb 16 Heinrich Barth, Hamburg Germany, geographer/explorer (Central Africa)
  • Feb 17 Lola Montez, Irish dancer (d. 1861)
  • Feb 19 Francis Preston Blair Jr, Lexington Ky, (Rep-Missouri)
  • Feb 21 Charles Scribner, US, music publisher (Scribner Catalog)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 8 Paul Anton Wineberger, composer, dies at 62
  • Feb 21 Georg Friedrich von Martens, German diplomat (b. 1756)

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Feb 23 John Keats, Romantic poet, dies of tuberculosis at 25 in Rome

Romantic Poet John Keats
Romantic Poet
John Keats
  • Feb 23 Marie-Anne Collot, French sculptor, dies
  • Feb 26 Joseph de Maistre, Savoyard diplomat and writer (b. 1753)