On This Day

What Happened in February 1821

Historical Events

  • Feb 12 Mercantile Library of City of NY opens
  • Feb 21 Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire begins
  • Feb 23 College of Apothecaries organized in Philadephia; 1st US pharmacy college

Agreement of Interest

Feb 24 Agustín de Iturbide and Vicente Guerrero agree to the Plan of Iguala, stating that Mexico will become a constitutional monarchy, Roman Catholicism the official religion and that Peninsulares and Creoles will enjoy equal political and social rights


Famous Birthdays

Elizabeth Blackwell

Feb 3 Elizabeth Blackwell, English-American physician who was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, born in Bristol, England (d. 1910)

  • Feb 10 William Read Scurry, (Confederate Army Brigadier General, (d. 1864))
  • Feb 11 Hermann Allmers, writer
  • Feb 11 Auguste-Édouard Mariette, French Egyptologist (d. 1881)
  • Feb 15 Abraham de Amorie van der de Have, Dutch theologist and poet, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1848)
  • Feb 16 Heinrich Barth, German geographer and explorer (Central Africa), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Feb 17 Lola Montez, Irish dancer and courtesan, born in Grange, Ireland (d. 1861)
  • Feb 19 Francis Preston Blair Jr., (Rep-Missouri), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1875)
  • Feb 21 Charles Scribner, American magazine and book publisher, born in New York City (d. 1871)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 8 Paul Anton Wineberger, German composer, dies at 62
  • Feb 21 Georg Friedrich von Martens, German diplomat (b. 1756)

John Keats

Feb 23 John Keats, English Romantic poet (Ode to a Grecian Urn), dies of tuberculosis at 25

  • Feb 23 Marie-Anne Collot, French sculptor, dies
  • Feb 26 Joseph de Maistre, Savoyard diplomat and writer (b. 1753)