On This Day

What Happened in February 1844

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 Hector Berlioz' "Carnaval Romain" premieres in Paris

DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

Feb 14 John C. Frémont and his party become the first Europeans to discover Lake Tahoe during his second expedition through the American West

Frontiersman Kit Carson
Frontiersman
Kit Carson
  • Feb 27 Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti (National Day)
  • Feb 28 12-inch gun aboard USS Princeton explodes, killing Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer, and other high-ranking U.S. federal officials
  • Feb 28 6th Grand National: John Crickmere wins aboard 5/1 co-favourite Discount

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Eduard Adolf Strasburger, German botanist (Angiospermen)
  • Feb 1 Granville Stanley Hall, American psychologist
  • Feb 2 Leander Schlegel, composer
  • Feb 17 Aaron Montgomery Ward, founded mail-order business (Montgomery Ward), born in Chatham, New Jersey (d. 1913)
  • Feb 18 Willem Maris, Dutch painter (Hague School)
  • Feb 20 Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann, Austrian physicist (statistical mechanics)
  • Feb 20 Joshua Slocum, Canadian seaman and adventurer (d. 1909)
  • Feb 20 Ludwig Boltzmann, Austrian physicist (thermodynamics), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1906)
  • Feb 21 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist, composer and professor (Paris Conservatory), born in Lyon, France (d. 1937)
  • Feb 22 Kazamierz Julian Kratzer, Polish composer, born in Krakow (d. 1890)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 4 Willem de Clerq, Dutch merchant/literary, dies at 49

Person of interestHenry Addington

Feb 15 Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1801-04), dies at 86

British Prime Minister Henry Addington
British Prime Minister
Henry Addington
  • Feb 16 Joseph Crosfield, English soap and alkali manufacturer, dies at 51
  • Feb 27 Nicholas Biddle, US lawyer/diplomat/statesman/financier, dies at 85
  • Feb 28 Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of State, dies in explosion on USS Princeton
  • Feb 28 Thommas W. Gilmer, Navy Secretary, dies in explosion on USS Princeton
  • Feb 29 Thaddäus Weigl, Austrian composer, dies at 67