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, Minnesota
  • Feb 17 Esther Morris appointed first female in Justice of the Peace in the United States
  • Feb 23 Mississippi is readmitted to US after the Civil War

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 3 Franklin Dyall, British actor (Easy Virtue, Atlantic), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1950)
  • Feb 7 Alfred Adler, Austrian 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
Author
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, dies at 54
  • Feb 26 Wyatt Outlaw, African American leader of Union League in NC, lynched