What Happened in February 1818

Historical Events

  • Feb 5 Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway
  • Feb 7 1st successful US educational magazine "Academician" begins (NYC)
  • Feb 12 Chile gains independence from Spain
  • Feb 17 Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents "draisine" (early bicycle)

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 6 William Maxwell Evarts, American lawyer & statesman (Union), born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1901)
  • Feb 8 Austin Blair, American politician, Governor of Michigan, born in New York (d. 1894)
  • Feb 10 Isham Green Harris, Gov (Confederacy), (d. 1897)
  • Feb 12 Otto Ludwig, German writer (Die Heiterethei)

Frederick Douglass

Feb 14 Frederick Douglass, African-American abolitionist, lecturer and editor who was also an escaped slave (exact birth year unknown), born in Talbot County, Maryland (d. 1895)

  • Feb 23 Jeremy F Gilmer, Maj Gen/Chief Engineer Confederate War Dept

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Giuseppe Gazzaniga, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 13 Absalom Jones, African-American abolitionist and clergyman, dies at 71
  • Feb 13 George Rogers Clark, American frontier military leader in Revolutionary War, dies at 65
  • Feb 15 Charles XIII, King of Sweden (1809-18)/Norway (1814-18), dies at 69
  • Feb 28 Adriaan Loosjes Pzn, Dutch publisher and writer (Moral Stories), dies at 56