What Happened in February 1855

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 Wisconsin Supreme Coutt declares US Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional
  • Feb 4 Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 British government of Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston forms

British Prime Minister Henry John Temple
British Prime Minister
Henry John Temple
  • Feb 8 The Devil's Footprints mysteriously appear in southern Devon.
  • Feb 10 US citizenship laws amended; all children of US parents born abroad granted US citizenship
  • Feb 11 Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam.
  • Feb 12 Michigan State University was established.
  • Feb 14 Texas is linked by telegraph to the rest of the United States, with the completion of a connection between New Orleans and Marshall, Texas.
  • Feb 24 US Court of Claims forms for cases against government

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 13 Paul Deschanel, French President (d. 1922)
  • Feb 15 Gustav Hollaender, composer
  • Feb 17 Otto Liman von Sanders, German general in Turkey (WW I)
  • Feb 21 Alice Freeman Palmer, educator (Hall of Fame)
  • Feb 25 George Bonnor, cricketer (big-hitting Aussie batter 1880-1888)
  • Feb 25 Ces├írio Verde, Portuguese poet (d. 1886)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 6 Josef Munzinger, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1791)
  • Feb 20 Joseph Hume, social reformer, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 23 Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician considered one of the greatest of all time (Gaussian distribution, fundamental theorem of algebra), dies at 77

Mathematician, Astronomer, and Physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss
Mathematician, Astronomer, and Physicist
Carl Friedrich Gauss