On This Day

What Happened in February 1811

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 Russian settlers establish Ft Ross trading post, north of San Francisco

Appointment of Interest

Feb 5 Prince George, Prince of Wales, later George IV, is appointed as Prince-Regent after his father King George III is recognized as insane due to mental illness

  • Feb 11 President Madison prohibits trade with Britain for 3rd time in 4 years
  • Feb 20 Austria declares bankruptcy

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 3 Horace Greeley, American founder and editor of the New-York Tribune ("Go west, young man"), born in Amherst, New Hampshire (d. 1872)
  • Feb 6 Henry George Liddell, English lexicographer & father of the Alice in Alice in Wonderland, born in Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom (d. 1898)
  • Feb 8 Edwin Denison Morgan, Secretary of War (Confederacy), (d. 1883)
  • Feb 15 Domingo F Sarmiento, President of Argentina (1868-74), born in San Juan, Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata (d. 1888)
  • Feb 23 George Washington Hewitt, composer
  • Feb 24 Daniel A Payne, Bishop/reformer/educator of AME Church
  • Feb 24 Edward Dickinson Baker, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in London, England (d. 1861)
  • Feb 25 Carl Schuberth, German composer, born in Magdeburg, (d. 1863)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 9 Nevil Maskelyne, 5th Astronomer Royal of England (1765-1811), dies