February 1880 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 The first edition of theatrical newspaper The Stage is published.
  • Feb 2 SS Strathleven arrives in London with first shipment of frozen Australian mutton
  • Feb 4 Steele MacKay's "Hazel Kirke" premieres in NYC

MurderMurder of Interest

Feb 4 The Black donnelly massacre. James (63), Johannah (56), John (32), Thomas (25) and Bridget (21) Donnelly are murdered in their home by members of the Vigilance Committee

Squatter James Donnelly
James Donnelly
  • Feb 10 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Arcanum about Christian marriage
  • Feb 12 US National Croquet League organizes (Philadelphia)
  • Feb 13 Work begins on the covering of the Senne, burying Brussels's primary river and creating the modern central boulevards.
  • Feb 16 American Society of Mechanical Engineers forms (NYC)
  • Feb 17 Tsar Alexander II of Russia survives an assassination attempt
  • Feb 29 Gotthard railway tunnel between Switzerland & Italy completed

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 3 Arnoldus JH Aerts, bishop of Neth-Guinea (1920-42)
  • Feb 8 Franz Marc, German painter (Blaue Reiter)
  • Feb 9 Lipót Fejér, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1959)
  • Feb 10 Jesse G Vincent, Arkansas, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine
  • Feb 12 John Llewellyn Lewis, union leader (United Mine Workers, 1920-60)
  • Feb 17 Alvaro Obregon, general/president Mexico (1920-24)
  • Feb 20 Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen, French aristocrat and novelist (d. 1923)
  • Feb 21 Waldemar Bonsels, German writer (d. 1952)
  • Feb 22 Frigyes Riesz, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1956)

Deaths in History

MurderMurder of Interest

Feb 4 James Donnelly, patriarch of the "Black Donnellys", murdered in the Black Donnelly massacre at 63

Squatter James Donnelly
James Donnelly
  • Feb 29 Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1812, also on 29 February)