On This Day

What Happened in February 1812

Historical Events

  • Feb 7 8.2 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
  • Feb 11 Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill - first "gerrymander"

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestCharles Dickens

Feb 7 Charles Dickens, English novelist (Oliver Twist, Tale of 2 Cities), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire (d. 1870)

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

Person of interestAlexander H. Stephens

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

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

Person of interestCharles Lewis Tiffany

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

Jeweller and Entrepreneur Charles Lewis Tiffany
Jeweller and Entrepreneur
Charles Lewis Tiffany
  • Feb 16 Henry Wilson, (R) 18th VP (1873-75)
  • 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, 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