What Happened in February 1870

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 Cardiff Giant (supposed petrified human) proved to be gypsum
  • Feb 3 US state of Iowa ratifies the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution allowing suffrage for all races & colour
  • Feb 5 1st motion picture shown to a theater audience, Philadelphia
  • Feb 9 US Army establishes US National Weather Service
  • Feb 10 City of Anaheim incorporates (1st time)
  • Feb 10 YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) forms (NYC)
  • Feb 12 Official proclamation sets April 15 as last day of grace for US silver coins to circulate in Canada
  • Feb 15 Ground broken for Northern Pacific Railway near Duluth, Minn
  • Feb 17 Esther Morris appointed first female in Justice of the Peace in the United States
  • Feb 17 Mississippi becomes 9th state readmitted to US after Civil War
  • Feb 23 Mississippi is readmitted to US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 25 Hiram R. Revels is sworn in as 1st African American member of Congress (Sen-R-MS)

Minister and US Senator Hiram R. Revels
Minister and US Senator
Hiram R. Revels
  • Feb 26 Beach Pneumatic Transit - 1st attempt to demonstrate a subway in New York opens (pneumatic powered)
  • Feb 28 The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 3 Ada Negri, Italian poet/author (Il Libro di Mara)
  • Feb 7 Alfred Adler, Austria, psychiatrist (Inferiority Complex)
  • Feb 10 Fritz Klimsch, German sculptor/painter
  • Feb 12 Marie Lloyd, English music-hall performer (d. 1922)
  • Feb 13 Leopold Godowsky, Lithuania, virtuoso pianist/composer
  • Feb 17 Louis de Raet, Belgian economist/founder (Flemish People's Party)
  • Feb 18 William Laurel Harris, American mural painter, writer (d. 1924)
  • Feb 20 Pieter Cornelis Boutens, Holland, mystic poet/scholar (Verzen)
  • Feb 27 Louis Coerne, composer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 2 American writer (Huckleberry Finn) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name Mark Twain, (34) marries Olivia Langdon (24) in Elmira, NY

Author Mark Twain
Mark Twain

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 11 Jacob M de Kempenaer, Dutch min of Internal Aff (1848-49), dies at 76
  • Feb 11 Leopold Eugen Mechura, composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 14 St. John Richardson Liddell, American Civil War Confederate General (b. 1815)
  • Feb 26 Wyatt Outlaw, African American leader of Union League in NC, lynched