What Happened in February 1876

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
  • Feb 3 Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football
  • Feb 7 US President Grant's private secretary Orville acquitted in Whiskey Ring
  • Feb 12 Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop
  • Feb 14 A G Bell & Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor
  • Feb 15 Historic Elm at Boston blown down
  • Feb 17 Sardines first canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine
  • Feb 18 Direct telegraph link established between Britain & New Zealand
  • Feb 22 Johns Hopkins University opens
  • Feb 24 Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" premieres in Oslo

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 3 William Tedmarsh, silent movie actor (d. 1937)
  • Feb 4 Victor Jean Leonard Vreuls, composer
  • Feb 6 Wilhelm Schmidtbonn[-Schmidt], German playwright (Der Sprechende Eros)
  • Feb 8 Paula Modersohn-Becker, German "entartet" painter
  • Feb 9 Martin Stixrud, Norway, figure skater (Olympic-bronze-1920)
  • Feb 12 Thubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama (d. 1933)
  • Feb 13 Fritz Buelow, German-born American baseball player (d. 1933)
  • Feb 16 George Macauley, English historian (Giuseppi Garibaldi), born in Trevelyan, England
  • Feb 19 Constantin Brancusi, Romanian French sculptor (Princesse X), born in Hobita (d. 1957)
  • Feb 20 Fyodor Akimenko, composer
  • Feb 21 Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (d. 1956)
  • Feb 23 Agnes M Royden, writer
  • Feb 23 Wadih Sabra, Lebanese composer (Kulluna lil Watan), born in Beirut (d. 1952)
  • Feb 24 Jean Poveigh, composer
  • Feb 24 Victor Moore, Hammonton NJ, comedian (Ziegfeld Follies, 7 Year Itch)
  • Feb 25 Charles Freer, art collector; endowed Freer Gallery [or 1856]
  • Feb 26 Agustín Pedro Justo, President of Argentina (1932-38) during the Infamous Decade, born in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Ríos (d. 1943)
  • Feb 26 Pauline Musters, smallest man (1'11.2" (58.9 cm))
  • Feb 28 John Alden Carpenter, composer (Sea Drift), born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 Gino Capponi, Italian marquis/literary/premier of Toscane, dies at 83
  • Feb 10 Johan August Soderman, composer, dies at 43
  • Feb 10 Reverdy Johnson, American politician and jurist (Dred Scott v. Sandford), dies at 79
  • Feb 21 Henry John Gauntlett, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 24 Jan Pieter Heije, Dutch physician/writer/poet, dies at 67
  • Feb 24 Joseph Jenkins Roberts, first President of Liberia (b. 1809)
  • Feb 28 Charles Edward Horsley, composer, dies at 53