What Happened in February 1848

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 1st ship load of Chinese arrive in SF
  • Feb 2 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War: US acquires Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million
  • Feb 12 Ballet "Faust" premieres in Milan
  • Feb 15 Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston
  • Feb 17 Tuscany gets liberal Constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish "The Communist Manifesto" in London

Communist Philosopher Karl Marx
Communist Philosopher
Karl Marx
  • Feb 24 King Louis-Philippe abdicates, 2nd French republic declared
  • Feb 26 2nd French Republic proclaimed
  • Feb 29 The Principality of Neuch√Ętel declares itself independent of Prussia

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 4 [Francois-Victor-]Jean Aicard, Fren playwright/poet (Jeune Croyances)
  • Feb 5 Belle Starr [Myra Belle Shirley], US female outlaw (wild west)
  • Feb 5 Joris-Karl Huysmans, France, writer (Against the Grain)
  • Feb 5 Ignacio Carrera Pinto, Chilean war hero (d. 1882)
  • Feb 6 Luigi Mancinelli, composer
  • Feb 14 Benjamin Baillaud, French astronomer (d. 1934)
  • Feb 16 Hugo de Vries, Dutch botanist (How species emerge)
  • Feb 17 Louisa Lawson, Australian suffragist and writer (d. 1920)
  • Feb 18 Louis Comfort Tiffany, glassmaker (stained glass windows)
  • Feb 20 Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad executive (d. 1909)
  • Feb 23 Thomas Paine Westendorf, composer
  • Feb 24 C Grant B Allen, Canadian writer (Woman Who Did)
  • Feb 24 Johanna C P Barbiers, actress (Voddenraper of Paris)
  • Feb 24 Andrew Inglis Clark, Tasmanian politician (d. 1907)
  • Feb 27 Charles Hubert H Parry, England, musicologist/composer (Jerusalem)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 15 Hermann von Boyen, Prussian field marshal (b. 1771)
  • Feb 20 [Willem] Alexander FCNM, prince of Neth/gen-maj, dies at 29

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 23 John Quincy Adams, 6th US President (1825-1829), dies of a stroke at 80

6th US President John Quincy Adams
6th US President
John Quincy Adams