On This Day

What Happened in February 1817

Historical Events

  • Feb 5 1st US gas co incorporated, Baltimore (coal gas for street lights)
  • Feb 7 Baltimore becomes the 1st American city lit by gas street lamps with the first turned on at Market and Lemon Streets (currently Baltimore and Holliday Streets)

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 John Glover, English chemist (sulfuric acid), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1902)
  • Feb 2 Jose Maria de la Purificacion Ventura, composer
  • Feb 3 Emile Racine Gauthier Prudent, composer
  • Feb 3 Samuel Ryan Curtis, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Champlain, New York (d. 1866)
  • Feb 3 Achille Ernest Oscar Joseph Delesse, French geologist (d. 1881)
  • Feb 7 LeRoy Pope Walker, American lawyer and 1st Confederate States Secretary of War (1861), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1884)
  • Feb 8 Richard Stoddert Ewell, American Lt General (Confederate Army), born in Georgetown, D.C.(d. 1872)
  • Feb 15 Charles-Fran├žois Daubigny, French painter of the Barbizon school, born in Paris (d. 1878)
  • Feb 18 Lewis Addison Armistead, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • Feb 18 Walter Page Lane, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1892)
  • Feb 19 William III, last male King of the Netherlands (1849-90) until 2013, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1890)
  • Feb 21 Jose Zorrilla, Spanish poet and dramatist (El rey Loco), born in Valladolid, Spain (d. 1893)
  • Feb 22 Niels Wilhelm Gade, Danish violinist, organist, composer, and conductor, born in Copenhagen (d. 1890)
  • Feb 22 Carl Wilhelm Borchardt, German mathematician (d. 1880)
  • Feb 23 George Watts, painter, born in London, England
  • Feb 28 James Craig, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Washington County, Pennsylvania (d. 1888)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 9 Franz Wilhelm Tausch, German clarinetist, composer, and pedagogue, dies at 54
  • Feb 18 Giacomo Quarenghi, Italian-Russian master builder and architect (Hermitage Theater), dies at 72
  • Feb 20 Martin de Ron, Swedish bassoonist and composer, dies at 27