What Happened in February 1857

Historical Events

  • Feb 16 Gallaudet College (National Deaf Mute college) forms in Washington, D.C.

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Feb 18 Chinese residents in the fledging state of Sarawak rebel against the "White Rajah" James Brooke

1st White Rajah of Sarawak James Brooke
1st White Rajah of Sarawak
James Brooke
  • Feb 21 Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in US
  • Feb 21 US issues flying eagle cents
  • Feb 24 1st perforated US postage stamps delivered to government
  • Feb 24 LA Vineyard Society organized

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Jan Six, Dutch art historian/art collector
  • Feb 3 Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen, Copenhagen, Danish Botanist and Geneticist who provided evidence for Hugo de Vries' mutation theory
  • Feb 9 Johannes T de Visser, theologist/Dutch 1st minister of Education
  • Feb 12 Bobby Peel, cricketer (great English lefty 1884-96)
  • Feb 17 Samuel Sidney McClure, Irish-American newspaper editor/publisher
  • Feb 18 Max Klinger, German graphic artist/painter/sculptor
  • Feb 21 Jules de Trooz, baron/premier of Belgium (1907)
  • Feb 22 Heinrich Hertz, physicist, 1st to broadcast & receive radio waves
  • Feb 22 Robert Baden-Powell, founder (Boy Scouts, Girl Guides)
  • Feb 26 Emile Coué, French pharmacist (recovery by auto suggestion)
  • Feb 28 Gustave Adolph Kerker, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 7 Félix PBOG, Earl of Merode, Belgian minister of War, dies at 65
  • Feb 9 Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem (b. 1798)
  • Feb 10 David Thompson, Canadian explorer (b. 1770)
  • Feb 14 Johannes Bernardus van Bree, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 56
  • Feb 15 Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer ("Ruslan and Ludmilla"), dies at 53
  • Feb 16 Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, French engraver, dies at 77
  • Feb 16 Elisha Kent Kane, Arctic explorer (Kane Basin), dies at 37
  • Feb 26 Ole Andreas Lindeman, composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 28 André Dumont, Belgian geologist (b. 1809)