Historical Events in February 1876

  • 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 Pres 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