What Happened in February 1844

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 Hector Berlioz' "Carnaval Romain" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 14 Lt. John C. Frémont first European to discover Lake Tahoe in the US
  • 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: Mr John Crickmere aboard Discount wins

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Eduard Adolf Strasburger, German botanist (Angiospermen)
  • Feb 1 Granville Stanley Hall, American psychologist
  • Feb 2 Leander Schlegel, composer
  • Feb 17 A Montgomery Ward, found mail-order business (Montgomery Ward)
  • 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, Lyons France, composer/prof (Paris Conservatory)
  • Feb 22 Kazamierz Julian Kratzer, composer

Famous Deaths

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 (b. 1792)
  • 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 Thaddaus Weigl, composer, dies at 67