On This Day

What Happened in February 1812

Historical Events

  • Feb 7 8.2 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri

Historic Event

Feb 7 Poet Lord Byron (6th Baron Byron) makes his maiden speech in House of Lords

  • Feb 11 Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill - first "gerrymander"

Historic Event

Feb 27 The flag of Argentina, created by Manuel Belgrano, is first raised at Rosario

Famous Birthdays

Charles Dickens

Feb 7 Charles Dickens, English writer ("Oliver Twist"; "A Tale of Two Cities"; "A Christmas Carol"), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire (d. 1870)

Alexander H. Stephens

Feb 11 Alexander H. Stephens, US Confederate Vice President, born in Crawfordville, Georgia (d. 1883)

  • Feb 11 Benjamin Franklin Sands, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1883)
  • Feb 14 Alfred Thomas Agate, American artist, born in Sparta, New York (d. 1846)

Charles Lewis Tiffany

Feb 15 Charles Lewis Tiffany, American jeweler and founder of Tiffany & Co, born in Killingly, Connecticut (d. 1902)

  • Feb 16 Henry Wilson, American politician, 18th VP (1873-75), (Senator (R) Massachusetts 1855-73), born in Farmington, New Hampshire (d. 1875)
  • Feb 19 Lauro Rossi, Italian composer (I falsi monetari), born in Macerata (d. 1885)
  • Feb 29 Hermann Hirschboch, German composer
  • Feb 29 Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1880, also on 29 February)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 5 Franz Schneider, composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 9 Franz Anton Hoffmeister, German music publisher and composer, dies at 57
  • Feb 24 Hugo Kollataj, Polish teacher/minister, dies at 61
  • Feb 24 √Čtienne-Louis Malus, French physicist (Polarization of light), dies at 36