February 1859 in History

Events in History

  • 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.
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 2 Havelock Ellis, US physician/sexologist (Psychology of Sex)
  • Feb 3 Hugo Junkers, German aircraft designer (d. 1935)
  • Feb 4 Timofei Mikhailov, Russian revolutionary, member of Narodnaya Volya (d. 1881)
  • Feb 8 John H Been, town's archivist of Brielle (Baasje & Witkop)
  • Feb 10 Alexandre Millerand, French President (d. 1943)
  • Feb 13 Frank van de Goes, Dutch writer/marxist theorist
  • Feb 13 William Strang, Scottish painter/engraver
  • Feb 14 George Washington Gale Ferris, engineer/inventor (Ferris Wheel)
  • Feb 18 Sholem Aleichem, [Solomon Rabinowitz], author (Fiddler on the Roof)
  • Feb 19 Svante August Arhenius, Swedish physicist/chemist (Nobel 1903)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 23 Zygmunt KrasiƄski, Polish Romantic poet (b. 1812)