What Happened in February 1860

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 1st rabbi to open House of Representatives, Morris Raphall of NYC
  • Feb 3 Thomas Clemson takes office as 1st US superintendent of agriculture
  • Feb 10 John Brahms' 2nd Serenade in A, premieres
  • Feb 13 King Basse Kajuara departs Boni South-Celebes
  • Feb 16 Dutch Rochussen/Van Bosse government resigns
  • Feb 22 Organized baseball played in SF for 1st time
  • Feb 22 Shoe-making workers of Lynn, Ms, strike successfully for higher wages

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27 Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York that is largely responsible for his election to the Presidency.

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Curtis Guild, Jr., 43rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1915)
  • Feb 6 Johan [Eliza J] de Meester, Dutch journalist/writer (Geertje)
  • Feb 11 Rachilde, [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author (Monsieur Venus)
  • Feb 14 Eugen Schiffer, German politician (d. 1954)
  • Feb 14 Waldemar Lindgren, Kalmar, Swedish-American Geologist (economic geology, ore classification)
  • Feb 18 Anders Zorn, Swedish painter/etcher/sculptor (Gustavus Vasa)
  • Feb 21 Karel Matěj Čapek-Chod, Czech journalist (d. 1927)
  • Feb 21 Goscombe John, Welsh sculptor (d. 1952)
  • Feb 24 Daniel Berkeley Updike, printer/publisher/writer (Printing Types)
  • Feb 25 Menso Kamerlingh Onnes, painter/water colors painter
  • Feb 25 William James Ashley, English economic-historian
  • Feb 29 Herman Hollerith, inventor (1st electric tabulating machine)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 9 Eduard W van Dam van Isselt, Dutch milt/liberal politician, dies at 63
  • Feb 20 Henry Drummond, English banker/religious leader, dies at 69
  • Feb 25 Chauncey Allen Goodrich, American clergyman, educator, and lexicographer (b. 1790)