On This Day

What Happened in February 1832

Historical Events

  • Feb 6 1st appearance of cholera in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Feb 6 US ship destroys Sumatran village in retaliation for piracy
  • Feb 12 Ecuador annexes Galapagos Islands
  • Feb 13 First appearance of cholera in London
  • Feb 26 Polish constitution abolished and replaced by Tsar Nicholas I

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 28 Charles Darwin, aboard HMS Beagle, arrives in the town of Salvador in the Brazilian state of Bahia

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • Feb 29 Charles Darwin walks through the tropical forests of Bahia in Brazil, describing the experience as being in "transports of pleasure"

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 6 John Brown Gordon, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Upson County, Georgia (d. 1904)
  • Feb 16 Camille Armand Jules Marie de Polignac, Mjr General (Confederate Army)
  • Feb 25 Theodorus J I Arnold, bibliographer (Bibliotheca Belgian)
  • Feb 26 John George Nicolay, German-American author (Abe Lincoln's biographer), born in Essingen, Rhenish Bavaria (d. 1901)
  • Feb 27 Alfred Pollard Edward, Civil War journalist, (d. 1872)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Ecco Epkema, Dutch classic linguist (Frisian, Old Frisian), dies at 71
  • Feb 1 Archibald Murphey, North Carolina politician (b. 1777)
  • Feb 3 George Crabbe, English poet (Everlasting Mercy), dies at 77
  • Feb 10 Antonio Benedetto Maria Puccini, Italian composer, dies at 84
  • Feb 15 Hardenack Otto Conrad Zinck, German-Danish composer, dies at 85