On This Day

What Happened in February 1836

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 Whig Party holds its 1st national convention (Albany NY)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin arrive in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania)

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Feb 7 "Sketches by Boz" (essays) published by Charles Dickens

Novelist Charles Dickens
Novelist
Charles Dickens
  • Feb 22 Dutch garrison evacuates fort Du Bus New Guinea

Battle of InterestBattle of the Alamo

Feb 23 Alamo besieged for 13 days until March 6 by Mexican army under General Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed
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The Fall of the Alamo by Robert Jenkins Onderdonk shows folk hero Davy Crockett shortly before being killed by Mexican soldiers
The Fall of the Alamo by Robert Jenkins Onderdonk shows folk hero Davy Crockett shortly before being killed by Mexican soldiers

InventionHistoric Invention

Feb 25 Samuel Colt patents first multi-shot revolving-cylinder revolver, enabling the firearm to be fired multiple times without reloading

Inventor/Industrialist Samuel Colt
Inventor/Industrialist
Samuel Colt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 25 Showman P. T. Barnum exhibits African American slave Joice Heth, claiming she was the 161 year-old nursemaid to George Washington

Circus Showman and Businessman P. T. Barnum
Circus Showman and Businessman
P. T. Barnum
  • Feb 29 Giacomo Meyerbeers opera "Les Huguenots," premieres in Paris

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 16 Benjamin Edward Woolf, Dutch composer
  • Feb 17 Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Spanish poet (d. 1870)
  • Feb 18 Ramakrishna [Gadadhar Chatterji], Indian mystic and yogi (preached unity of religions), born in Kamarpukur, British India (d. 1886)
  • Feb 21 Clement Léo Delibes, French romantic composer (Coppélia, Sylvia, Le roi l'a dit ,Lakmé), born in Saint-Germain-du-Val, France (d. 1891)
  • Feb 21 Emil Hartmann, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1898)
  • Feb 22 Eduard Wachmann, composer
  • Feb 24 Winslow Homer, American painter (Gulfstream)
  • Feb 29 Dickey Pearce, American baseball shortstop (pioneer shortstop position; introduced bunt) and manager (NY Mutuals, St. Louis Brown Stockings), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1908)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 22 John Clarke-Whitfeld, English organist and composer, dies at 65