On This Day

What Happened in February 1810

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 1st insurance company managed by African Americans, The African Insurance Company opens in Philadelphia
  • Feb 1 Seville, Spain surrenders to the French without a fight
  • Feb 1 US Population: 7,239,881, African American population: 1,377,808 (19%)
  • Feb 4 Royal Navy seizes Guadeloupe.


Feb 20 Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean patriot and leader of rebellion against Napoleon's forces, executed.

  • Feb 28 1st US fire insurance joint-stock company organized, Philadelphia

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Charles Lenox Remond, African-American orator and abolitionist, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1873)
  • Feb 5 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist (d. 1880)
  • Feb 8 Norbert Burgmüller, German composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1836)
  • Feb 11 Loisa Puget, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1889)
  • Feb 22 Holger Simon Paulli, composer
  • Feb 28 Reinier C Bakhuizen van de Brink, Dutch historian

Famous Weddings

Napoléon Bonaparte

Feb 11 French leader Napoleon I marries 2nd wife Marie-Louise of Austria

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 20 Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean innkeeper, drover and leader of the Tyrolean Rebellion against the revolutionary Napoleonic invasion during the War of the Fifth Coalition, executed at 42
  • Feb 20 Johann Friedrich Kranz, German composer, dies at 57
  • Feb 24 Henry Cavendish, British physicist and chemist (discovery of hydrogen), dies at 78
  • Feb 26 Johann Ernst Rembt, German organist and composer, dies at 60