What Happened in February 1875

Historical Events

  • Feb 24 The SS Gothenburg hits the Great Barrier Reef and sinks off the Australian east coast, killing approximately 100, including a number of high profile civil servants and dignitaries.
  • Feb 25 Kiowa Indians under Lone Wolf (Guipago) surrender at Ft Sill

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Eddie Pola, composer (Lullabye of Broadway)
  • Feb 2 Annette Kolb, German/French author (Small Fanfare)
  • Feb 2 Fritz Kreisler, violinist/composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 4 Ludwig Prandtl, Germany, physicist (father of aerodynamics)
  • Feb 4 Raymond Moulaert, composer
  • Feb 6 Leonid Gobyato, Russian general (d. 1915)
  • Feb 7 Erkki Gustav Melartin, composer
  • Feb 7 Walter Courvoisier, composer
  • Feb 9 Sidney Hugo Nicholson, composer
  • Feb 11 Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, composer
  • Feb 18 Walter Andrae, German archaeologist (Babylon, Assur)
  • Feb 21 Jeanne Louise Calment, France, world's oldest woman (d. 1997 at 122)
  • Feb 23 Jozef E Stokvis, journalist/Dutch MP (SDAP)
  • Feb 26 Emma Dunn, actress (Dr Monica, Dr Kildare's Strange Case, Hideaway)
  • Feb 26 Richard Wetz, composer
  • Feb 28 Viliam Figus, composer

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 4 Princess Louise of Belgium marries Prince Philip von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha in Belgium

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 William Sterndale Bennett, composer, dies at 58
  • Feb 3 Everhardus J Potgieter, writer (Liedekens van Bontekoe), dies at 66
  • Feb 17 Luis NF Varela, Brazilian romantic poet, dies at 33
  • Feb 19 Jean B Vuillaume, French violin maker (octobas), dies at 76

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 22 Charles Lyell, British geologist (Elements of Geology), dies at 77

Geologist Charles Lyell
Geologist
Charles Lyell
  • Feb 22 Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, French painter (b. 1796)