On This Day

What Happened in February 1843

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Oldest continuous writer of insurance in America - The Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York (MONY) opens
  • Feb 2 US & British settlers in Oregon Country choose government committee
  • Feb 6 The first minstrel show in the United States The Virginia Minstrels opens (Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City).
  • Feb 11 Opera "I Lombardi" premieres in Milan

The General, The Schoolgirl, And The Famous One-Word Despatch

Feb 17 Battle of Miani: Bombay Army of the East India Company led by Charles Napier defeats a Baluch army of Talpur Emirs of Sindh led by Mir Nasir Khan Talpur. Leading to the capture of parts of Sindh, the company's first possession in modern-day Pakistan.


Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 12 John Graham Chambers, English athlete who wrote the Queensberry rules for boxing (d. 1883)
  • Feb 19 Adelina Patti, Italian opera soprano (Lucio), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1919)
  • Feb 22 Affonso de Escragnolle Taunay, France/Brazil writer (Inocencia)

Famous Weddings

Kit Carson

Feb 6 Frontiersman Kit Carson (33) weds Josefa Jaramillo (14) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 15 Theodoros Kolokotronis, Greek general and leader of the Greek War of Independence (1821-29), dies at 72