What Happened in February 1842

Historical Events

  • Feb 7 Battle of Debre Tabor: Ras Ali Alula, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia defeats warlord Wube Haile Maryam of Semien.
  • Feb 15 1st adhesive postage stamps in US (private delivery company), NYC
  • Feb 21 1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Washington, D.C.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Yulian Vasilievich Sokhotski, Russian mathematician (d. 1927)
  • Feb 3 Sidney Clopton Lanier, US, composer/poet (Hall of Fame)
  • Feb 4 Georg Brandes, [Morris Cohen], Danish literary historian and critic
  • Feb 4 Vasili O Klyutshevski, Russian historian
  • Feb 7 Alexandre Ribot, French statesman (d. 1923)
  • Feb 22 Carl Rosa, founder (Rosa opera company), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Feb 22 Leon Vanderkindere, Belgian historian/mayor (Ukkel)
  • Feb 23 Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, German philosopher (d. 1906)
  • Feb 24 Arrigio Enrico Boito, composer
  • Feb 25 Karl May, German writer (Old Shatterhand/Winnetou)
  • Feb 26 Camille Flammarion, Mars researcher & popularizer of astronomy

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 18 Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (b. 1779)
  • Feb 21 Wojciech Zywny, composer, dies at 85