What Happened in February 1851

Historical Events

  • Feb 6 Robert Schumann's 3rd Symphony "Rhenisch" premieres in Dusseldorf
  • Feb 11 1st cricket 1st-class game in Australia, Tasmania v Vic, Launceston
  • Feb 15 Black abolitionists invade Boston courtroom rescuing a fugitive slave
  • Feb 26 13th Grand National: T. Abbott aboard Abd-El-Kader IRE wins

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Durham Stevens, American diplomat (d. 1908)
  • Feb 2 José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican artist (d. 1913)
  • Feb 3 Johannes B van Heutsz, lt-gen/gov-gen Dutch East Indies
  • Feb 3 Lord Harris, cricketer (4 Tests for England MCC big-wig)
  • Feb 8 Kate O'Flaherty Chopin, writer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1904)
  • Feb 28 Samuel W. McCall, 47th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1923)

Famous Deaths


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Feb 1 Mary Shelley, novelist (Frankenstein), dies of a brain tumour at 53

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley
  • Feb 16 Anne Nagell van Ampsen, Dutch politician, dies at 95
  • Feb 18 Carl Gustav Jakob Jacobi, German mathematician (b. 1804)
  • Feb 20 Josef Alois Ladurner, composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 25 Ferdinand Simon Gassner, composer, dies at 53