What Happened in February 1838

Historical Events

  • Feb 16 Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions
  • Feb 16 Weenen Massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulu warriors
  • Feb 25 London pedestrian walks 20 miles backward then forward in 8 hours
  • Feb 28 Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Québec)

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 6 Henry Irving [John Brodribb], British Victorian actor, 1st actor to receive a knighthood (knighted 1895), born in Bradford, England (d. 1905)
  • Feb 6 Yisrael Meir Kagan, Chofetz Chayim (d. 1933)
  • Feb 12 Charles C. Walcutt, American general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1898)
  • Feb 14 Margaret E Knight, American inventor (flat-bottomed paper bag), described as a "female Thomas Edison", born in York, Maine (d. 1914)
  • Feb 16 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African ship's doctor/linguist
  • Feb 16 Henry Adams, historian, writer (Education of Henry Adams), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 18 Ernst Mach, Chirlitz-Turas Austria, physicist/philosopher/psychologist
  • Feb 20 James Barbour Terrill, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • Feb 22 Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen, discoverer of hydrogen in Sun
  • Feb 23 Gilbert Moxley Sorrel, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • Feb 24 Thomas Benton Smith, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1923)
  • Feb 26 Wendelin Weissheimer, composer
  • Feb 28 Maurice Lévy, French engineer (d. 1910)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Abraham de Veer, Dutch gov-gen of Suriname (1822-28), dies at 71
  • Feb 5 Philippe Libon, composer, dies at 62
  • Feb 22 Friedrich Johann Eck, composer, dies at 70