On This Day

What Happened in February 1836

Historical Events

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Publication

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

  • Feb 22 Dutch garrison evacuates fort Du Bus New Guinea

Battle of the Alamo

Feb 23 Alamo besieged for 13 days until March 6 by Mexican army under General Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed

Historic Invention

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

Historic Event

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

  • Feb 29 Giacomo Meyerbeers opera "Les Huguenots," premieres in Paris

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Emil Hartmann, Danish organist and composer (Towards The Light), born in Copenhagen (d. 1898)
  • 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 22 Eduard Wachmann, composer
  • Feb 24 Winslow Homer, American painter (Gulfstream), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1910)
  • 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