What Happened in February 1881

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri authorized
  • Feb 5 Phoenix, Az incorporates
  • Feb 7 Battle at Ingogo, Transvaal: Boers beat superior British forces
  • Feb 10 Jacques Offenbach's opera "Les Contes d'Hoffman" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 13 The feminist newspaper La Citoyenne is first published in Paris by the activist Hubertine Auclert.
  • Feb 19 Kansas becomes 1st state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages
  • Feb 24 De Lesseps' Company begins work on Panama Canal
  • Feb 24 China and Russia sign the Sino-Russian Ili Treaty.
  • Feb 26 -27] Natal: British troops under Major General Colley occupy Majuba Hill
  • Feb 26 SS Ceylon begins 1st round-the-world cruise from Liverpool
  • Feb 27 Battle at Amajuba: South African Boers vs British army under Gen Colley

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Jose Ignacio Quinton, composer
  • Feb 2 Karl Frederick, pistol champ (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • Feb 4 Kliment J Woroshilov, marshal/president USSR (1953-60)
  • Feb 4 Fernand L├ęger, French painter (d. 1955)
  • Feb 5 Frederick Leonard Lonsdale, British playwright (Balkan Princess)
  • Feb 6 Karl Weigl, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna (d. 1949)
  • Feb 13 Eleanor Farjeon, English writer (Martin Pippin)
  • Feb 14 Otto Selz, German psychologist
  • Feb 14 William John Gruffydd, Welsh poet/scholar (Ynys yr Hud)
  • Feb 16 Maurits H E Uyldert, Dutch poet/writer (Youth of a Poet)
  • Feb 19 Armin Knab, German composer (Eichendorff-cycle)
  • Feb 19 Evert Gorter, founder of Dutch medical child care
  • Feb 19 Paul Zech, German writer, born in Briesen, Western Prussia (d. 1946)
  • Feb 20 Pedro Munoz Seca, Spanish playwright (Vengeanza de Don Mendo)
  • Feb 21 Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • Feb 22 Joseph B. Ely, American politician (d. 1956)
  • Feb 23 Titus [Anno S] Brandsma, Dutch philosopher
  • Feb 25 William Foster, Mass, Communist Presidential candidate (1924,28,32)
  • Feb 27 Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers, Dutch mathematician
  • Feb 27 Sveinn Bjornsson, 1st president of Iceland (1944-52)/poet (Figur ild)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Aleksej F Pisemski, Russian writer (Clodhopper), dies at 59

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 5 Thomas Carlyle, historian/essayist, dies in London at 85

Historian and Essayist Thomas Carlyle
Historian and Essayist
Thomas Carlyle
  • Feb 6 Pieter Mijer, Gov-Gen of Neth Indies (1866-72), dies at 68
  • Feb 7 Fredrik Cygnaeus, Finnish poet/literature critic, dies at 73

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 9 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (Crime & Punishment), dies at 59

  • Feb 14 Fernando Wood, New York City mayor (b. 1812)
  • Feb 27 George Colley, British governor of Natal/general, dies in battle at 46