On This Day

What Happened in February 1829

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 Madman Jonathan Martin sets York Cathedral on fire, does £60,000 damage

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 John Potts Slough, American politician, lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1867)
  • Feb 2 Alfred Brehm, German zoologist (d. 1884)
  • Feb 11 William Anderson Pile, American politician, minister, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1889)
  • Feb 13 Gerard Keller, writer (Netherlands Spectator)
  • Feb 14 Alfred Iverson Jr., Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Clinton, Georgia (d. 1911)
  • Feb 15 Silas Weir Mitchell, American physician (discovered causalgia, erythromelalgia) and author (Roland Blake, Hugh Wynne), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1914)
  • Feb 18 Jean Jacques Alfred Mouton, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Opelousas, Louisiana (d. 1864)
  • Feb 21 Johnson Hagood, American politician (Governor of South Carolina 1880-82) and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Barnwell, South Carolina (d. 1898)

Levi Strauss

Feb 26 Levi Strauss, German-born American clothing designer who founded the 1st company to manufacture blue jeans (Levi Strauss & Co.), born in Buttenheim, Bavaria (d. 1902)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 10 Leo XII [Annibale Sermattei], Italian Pope (1823-29), dies at 68
  • Feb 11 Alexandr Griboyedov, Russian playwright (b. 1795)
  • Feb 16 François-Joseph Gossec, Belgian-French composer (Les Pêcheurs; Mirza), dies at 95
  • Feb 18 Jan Krtitel Kuchar, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 22 Adam A earl von Neipperg, Austrian general and Napoleon's wife Marie lover, dies at 53
  • Feb 24 Auguste Chouteau, St Louis co-founder, dies