What Happened in February 1850

Historical Events

  • Feb 5 Adding machine employing depressible keys patented, New Paltz, NY
  • Feb 12 Original Washington's Farewell Address manuscript sells for $2,300
  • Feb 18 California Legislature creates nine Bay Area counties
  • Feb 27 12th Grand National: Chris Green aboard Abd-El-Kader wins
  • Feb 28 The University of Utah opens in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Carel V Gerritsen, Dutch free thinker
  • Feb 12 Amaat Vyncke, Flemish missionary (Flemish Flag)
  • Feb 16 Octave Mirbeau, France, writer (Journal of a Lady's Maid)
  • Feb 17 Anton Urspruch, composer
  • Feb 17 Ludwig Bonvin, composer
  • Feb 18 George Henschel, composer
  • Feb 20 Nérée Beauchemin, Canadian physician and poet (d. 1931)
  • Feb 22 Isaac L Rice, Germany, (namesake of Columbia Univ's Rice stadium)
  • Feb 23 César Ritz, Swiss hotelier (d. 1918)
  • Feb 27 Henry Edwards Huntington, US, railroad exec
  • Feb 28 Hermann Schell, German theologist/philosopher (Gott und Geist)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Edward Baker Lincoln, son of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, dies at 3
  • Feb 25 Daoguang, Emperor of China (b. 1782)