What Happened in February 1872

Historical Events

  • Feb 7 Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College opens
  • Feb 14 1st US state bird refuge authorized (Lake Merritt, California)
  • Feb 20 Hydraulic electric elevator patented by Cyrus Baldwin
  • Feb 20 Luther Crowell patents a machine that manufactures paper bags
  • Feb 20 New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art opens
  • Feb 20 Silas Noble & JP Cooley patents toothpick manufacturing machine
  • Feb 22 1st national convention of Prohibition Party (Columbus Ohio)
  • Feb 27 Charlotte Ray, 1st Black woman lawyer in USA, graduated from Howard University

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Paul Fort, French poet/founder of Vers et Prose
  • Feb 1 Jerome F. Donovan, American politician (d. 1949)
  • Feb 1 Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer (d. 1927)
  • Feb 3 Lou Criger, American baseball player (d. 1934)
  • Feb 4 Gotse Delchev, a great Macedonian revolutionary, (d. 1903)
  • Feb 6 Theodor Lessing, writer [or Feb 8]
  • Feb 7 Nikolaos "Sokrates" Politis, Greek lawyer/diplomat/foreign minister
  • Feb 10 Anne Anema, Dutch lawyer/journalist/politician (ARP)
  • Feb 11 Edward Johnston, British craftsman and calligrapher - "the father of modern calligraphy" (d 1944)
  • Feb 24 John Jarvis, England, swimmer (won 108 titles)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 21 Pavel P Gagarin, Russian monarch/politician, dies at 82