Historical Events in February 1859

  • Feb 4 The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt.
  • Feb 5 Wallachia and Moldavia are united under Alexander John Cuza as the United Principalities.
  • Feb 10 Gen Horsford defeats Begum of Oude & Nana Sahib in Indian mutiny
  • Feb 14 Oregon admitted as 33rd state of the Union
  • Feb 16 The French Government passes a law to set the A-note above middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz, in an attempt to standardize the pitch.

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Feb 17 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Un Ballo in maschera" premieres in Napoli

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Feb 25 1st use of "insanity plea" to prove innocence
  • Feb 26 Paul Morphy's chess match vs Augustus Mongredien begins; Morphy wins
  • Feb 28 Arkansas legislature requires free blacks to choose exile or slavery