On This Day

What Happened in February 1823

Historical Events

Music Premiere

Feb 2 Gioachino Rossini's opera "Semiramide" premieres in Venice

  • Feb 20 English Captain James Weddell reaches 74°15' S, 1520 km from South Pole

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 3 Spencer F Baird, US biologist (Wood's Hole Station)
  • Feb 7 Richard Genee, composer
  • Feb 15 Li Hung-Tshang, Chinese rebel leader/viceroy of Tsheli Canton
  • Feb 16 John Daniel Imboden, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1895)
  • Feb 27 Ferdinand Van Derveer, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 1892)
  • Feb 27 William Buel Franklin, American Major General (Union Army), born in York, Pennsylvania (d. 1903)
  • Feb 28 Ernest Renan, French philosopher/historian/scholar of religion

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 7 Ann Radcliffe, English Gothic novelist (The Mysteries of Udolpho, The Romance of the Forest), dies at 58
  • Feb 16 Johann Gottfried Schict, German composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 16 Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, French Romantic painter and draughtsman - allegorical paintings and portraits, dies at 64
  • Feb 21 Charles Wolfe, Irish poet, dies at 31
  • Feb 26 John Philip Kemble, British actor and director (Drury Lane, Covent Garden), dies at 66