What Happened in February 1808

Historical Events

  • Feb 11 Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 21 Russia invades Finland, then part of the Swedish Kingdom, with 24,000 troops

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 4 Josef Kajetán Tyl, Czech playwright, author of the Czech national anthem(d. 1856)
  • Feb 5 Carl Spitzweg, German painter (d. 1885)
  • Feb 20 Daumier, Marseilles France, artist
  • Feb 25 James Bowen, American Major General (Union Army), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1886)
  • Feb 26 Honoré Daumier, French painter, illustrator, and sculptor (d. 1879)
  • Feb 26 Nathan Kelley, American architect, active mainly in Ohio, (d. 1871)
  • Feb 28 Elias Parish Alvars, British harpist and composer ("Voyage d'un Harpiste en Orient"), born in Teignmouth, England (d. 1849)

Famous Deaths

John Dickinson

Feb 14 John Dickinson, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania, dies at 75