Historical Events in February 1849

  • Feb 4 University of Wisconsin begins in 1 room with 20 students
  • Feb 8 New Roman Republic established.
  • Feb 9 Roman Republic declared in Rome replacing following flight of Pope Pius IX

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Feb 14 In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes first serving US President to have his photograph taken (by Matthew Brady).

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk
  • Feb 18 1st regular steamboat service to California starts (or 02/28)
  • Feb 28 1st boat load of gold rush prospectors arrives in SF from east coast
  • Feb 28 11th Grand National: Tom Cunningham aboard Peter Simple wins