On This Day

What Happened in February 1826

Historical Events

  • Feb 11 University College London founded; known until 1836 as London University
  • Feb 13 American Temperance Society forms in Boston
  • Feb 24 The signing of the Treaty of Yandaboo marks the end of the First Burmese War
  • Feb 28 Biela's Comet rediscovered by Austrian astronomer Wilhelm von Biela (originally discovered 1772)

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 3 Walter Bagehot, England, economist/sociologist
  • Feb 4 Halbert Eleazer Paine, American lawyer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Chardon, Ohio (d. 1905)
  • Feb 9 John Alexander Logan, American political leader and Major General (Union Army), born in Murphysboro, Illinois (d. 1886)
  • Feb 15 George Johnstone Stoney, Irish physicist (introduced term electron), born in Oakley Park, Ireland (d. 1911)
  • Feb 16 Franz von Holstein, German composer, born in Braunschweig (d. 1878)
  • Feb 16 Joseph V. von Scheffel, German writer (Gaudeamus)

Famous Weddings

Millard Fillmore

Feb 5 Future US President Millard Fillmore (26) weds Abigail Powers (27)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 25 Peter von der Pahlen, Baltic courtier and military governor of St Petersburg, dies at 80