What Happened in February 1857

Historical Events

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

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18th 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
  • 21st Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in US
  • 21st US issues flying eagle cents
  • 24th 1st perforated US postage stamps delivered to government
  • 24th LA Vineyard Society organized

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Deaths

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