What Happened in February 1831

Historical Events

  • Feb 5 Jan van Speijk blows up his gunboat in Antwerp, killing about 30
  • Feb 7 Belgium adopts its Constitution
  • Feb 14 Ras Marye of Yejju marches into Tigray and defeats and kills Dejazmach Sabagadis in the Battle of Debre Abbay.
  • Feb 19 1st practical US coal-burning locomotive makes 1st trial run, Penn
  • Feb 20 Polish revolutionaries defeat Russians in battle of Growchow

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 3 Cyrus Ballou Comstock, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1910)
  • Feb 4 Oliver Ames, 35th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • Feb 12 John Morrissey, boxer/developer of Saratoga Springs horse race track
  • Feb 13 John Aaron Rawlins, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1869)
  • Feb 16 Nikolai Leskow, writer
  • Feb 17 Francisco Salvador Daniel, composer
  • Feb 21 Eduard Rappoldi, composer
  • Feb 23 Hendrik W Mesdag, Dutch painter (Panorama Mesdag)
  • Feb 24 Georg Leo earl von Caprivi, German chancellor/premier of Prussia
  • Feb 26 Filippo Marchetti, composer
  • Feb 27 Hiram Bond Everest, American co-founder of The Vacuum Oil Company (d. 1913)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 5 John CJ van Speijk, commits suicide at 29

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 14 Vicente Guerrero, Mexican revolutionary hero, general and 2nd President of Mexico (1829, executed by firing squad at 48

Revolutionary General and President of Mexico Vicente Guerrero
Revolutionary General and President of Mexico
Vicente Guerrero
  • Feb 15 Henry Maudslay, inventor (metal lathe), dies