On This Day

What Happened in February 1845

Historical Events


2,000-year-old Glass Treasure Shattered by a Drunk2,000-year-old Glass Treasure Shattered by a Drunk

Feb 7 The Portland Vase, thought to date to the 1st century BC is shattered into more than 80 pieces by a drunken visitor to the British Museum
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The priceless Portland Vase, restored and back on display in the British Museum
The priceless Portland Vase, restored and back on display in the British Museum
  • Feb 15 William Parsons, Earl of Rosse, 1st uses 72 inch (183 cm) reflector

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 3 Ernest von Wildenbruch, German playwright (Sedan)
  • Feb 14 Cecil De Vere, 1st official British chess champion (1866), born in London (d. 1875)
  • Feb 15 Elihu Root, American statesman (R)/US Secretary of State (1905-09)/Nobel Peace Prize (1912), born in Clinton, New York (d. 1937)
  • Feb 26 Aleksander Rozycki, composer
  • Feb 26 Alexander III, St Petersburg, Russian tsar (1881-94) (3/10 NS)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 13 Henrik Steffens, Norwegian-German philosopher, dies at 71
  • Feb 14 Joseph Lakanal, French Politician and Educator, dies at 82
  • Feb 20 Pavel Ivanovich Dulgorukov, composer, dies at 57