What Happened in February 1852

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 1st British public men's toilet opens (Fleet St London)
  • Feb 2 Alexandre Dumas Jr's "La Dame aux Camélias" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 11 First British public female toilet opens (Bedford Street, London)
  • Feb 15 Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits 1st patient
  • Feb 16 Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
  • Feb 19 The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

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Feb 21 George Bancroft becomes the American Geographical Society's first president

Father of U.S. History George Bancroft
Father of U.S. History
George Bancroft
  • Feb 26 British troopship Birkenhead sinks off South Africa-458 die, 193 survive

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Teunis Stoel, actor/director (Small Theater, Rotterdam)
  • Feb 8 Nikolai Garin [Michailovski], Russ author (Tjoma Kartashov) [NS=2/20]
  • Feb 12 Hendrik Blink, geographer (Van de Eems tot de Schelde)
  • Feb 13 Johan L E Dreyer, Danish astronomer (New gen catalogue of nebulae)
  • Feb 16 Charles Taze Russell, religion founder (Jehovah's Witnesses)
  • Feb 16 William Scarborough, Macon Ga, linguist/author (Birds of Aristophanes)
  • Feb 20 Nikolai Garin [Michailovski], Russian author (Tjoma Kartashov)
  • Feb 21 [James] Burner Matthews, US playwright/critic (NY Times)
  • Feb 22 Pieter K Pel, internist (Pel-Ebstein fever)
  • Feb 24 George A Moore, Ireland, painter/novelist (Esther Waters)
  • Feb 26 John Harvey Kellogg, surgeon, inspired flaked cereal industry
  • Feb 29 Frank Gavan Duffy, Australian judge (d. 1936)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Francois MP Liberman, French founder (Congr of H Heart), dies at 49
  • Feb 17 Micha Joseph Levenson, Hebrew poet, dies
  • Feb 25 Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, dies at 72
  • Feb 27 Joseph Drechsler, composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 29 John Landseer, printer/engraver (Royal Academy), dies