What Happened in February 1880

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 The first edition of theatrical newspaper The Stage is published.
  • Feb 2 SS Strathleven arrives in London with first shipment of frozen Australian mutton
  • Feb 4 Steele MacKay's "Hazel Kirke" premieres in NYC

MurderMurder of Interest

Feb 4 The Black donnelly massacre. James (63), Johannah (56), John (32), Thomas (25) and Bridget (21) Donnelly are murdered in their home by members of the Vigilance Committee

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James Donnelly
  • Feb 10 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Arcanum about Christian marriage
  • Feb 12 US National Croquet League organizes (Philadelphia)
  • Feb 13 Work begins on the covering of the Senne, burying Brussels's primary river and creating the modern central boulevards.
  • Feb 16 American Society of Mechanical Engineers forms (NYC)
  • Feb 17 Tsar Alexander II of Russia survives an assassination attempt
  • Feb 29 Gotthard railway tunnel between Switzerland & Italy completed

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Antonio Guarnieri, composer
  • Feb 1 Francesco Balilla Pratella, composer
  • Feb 3 Arnoldus JH Aerts, bishop of Neth-Guinea (1920-42)
  • Feb 8 Franz Marc, German painter (Blaue Reiter)
  • Feb 9 Lipót Fejér, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1959)
  • Feb 10 Jesse G Vincent, Arkansas, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine
  • Feb 12 John Llewellyn Lewis, union leader (United Mine Workers, 1920-60)
  • Feb 14 Aida Overton Walker, US dancer/singer (In Dahomey, Salome)
  • Feb 14 Edgar Leslie Bainton, composer
  • Feb 16 Frank Burke, American baseball player (d. 1946)
  • Feb 17 Alvaro Obregon, general/president Mexico (1920-24)
  • Feb 18 Eric De Lamarter, composer
  • Feb 19 Arthur Shepherd, composer
  • Feb 20 Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen, French aristocrat and novelist (d. 1923)
  • Feb 21 Frank Orth, actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 21 Waldemar Bonsels, German writer (d. 1952)
  • Feb 22 Frigyes Riesz, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1956)
  • Feb 23 Edgar Istel, German composer, born in Mainz (d. 1948)

Famous Deaths


MurderMurder of Interest

Feb 4 James Donnelly, patriarch of the "Black Donnellys", murdered in the Black Donnelly massacre at 63

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James Donnelly
  • Feb 29 Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1812, also on 29 February)