What Happened in February 1837

Historical Events

  • Feb 8 1st VP chosen by Senate, Richard Johnson (Van Buren admin)
  • Feb 10 Russian poet Alexander Pushkin is fatally injured in a duel with French officer Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthès (1/29 OS)
  • Feb 11 American Physiological Society organizes in Boston
  • Feb 13 Riot in New York due to a combination of poverty and increase in the cost of flour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 17 Charles Lyell makes his presidential address to the Geographical Society, London and announces that Richard Owen has concluded from Darwin's fossils that extinct species were related to current species in the same locality

Geologist Charles Lyell
Charles Lyell
  • Feb 25 1st US electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 5 Dwight Lyman Moody, US, evangelist (Student Volunteer Movement)
  • Feb 7 James Augustus Henry Murray, Scotland, created Oxford Dictionary
  • Feb 13 Valentin de Zubiaurre y Unionbarrenechea, composer
  • Feb 17 Francis Jay Herron, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1902)
  • Feb 17 Sam[uel] van Houten, Dutch (lib) minister (child labor laws)
  • Feb 24 Rosalía de Castro, Santiago de Compostela Galician writer and poet ('Séculos Escuros') (d. 1885)
  • Feb 26 Charles Woeste, Belgian count/min of Justice

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 7 King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden (b. 1778)
  • Feb 10 Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet and writer (Eugene Onegin), killed in a duel at 37 (1/29 OS)
  • Feb 12 Ludwig Borne [Loeb Baruch], German-Jewish writer, dies at 50
  • Feb 13 Mariano José de Larra, Spanish journalist and writer (b. 1809
  • Feb 19 Georg Büchner, German playwright (b. 1813)