What Happened in February 1848

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 1st ship load of Chinese immigrants arrive in San Francisco
  • Feb 2 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War: US acquires Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million
  • Feb 12 Ballet "Faust" premieres in Milan
  • Feb 15 Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston
  • Feb 17 Tuscany gets liberal Constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish "The Communist Manifesto" in London

Communist Philosopher Karl Marx
Communist Philosopher
Karl Marx
  • Feb 24 King Louis-Philippe abdicates, 2nd French republic declared
  • Feb 26 2nd French Republic proclaimed
  • Feb 29 The Principality of Neuchâtel declares itself independent of Prussia

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 4 [Francois-Victor-]Jean Aicard, Fren playwright/poet (Jeune Croyances)
  • Feb 5 Belle Starr [Myra Belle Shirley], US female outlaw (wild west)
  • Feb 5 Joris-Karl Huysmans, French writer (Against the Grain)
  • Feb 5 Ignacio Carrera Pinto, Chilean war hero (d. 1882)
  • Feb 6 Luigi Mancinelli, composer
  • Feb 14 Benjamin Baillaud, French astronomer, born in Chalon-sur-Saône, France (d. 1934)
  • Feb 16 Hugo de Vries, Dutch botanist (How species emerge)
  • Feb 17 Louisa Lawson, Australian suffragist and writer (d. 1920)
  • Feb 18 Louis Comfort Tiffany, glassmaker (stained glass windows)
  • Feb 20 Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad executive (d. 1909)
  • Feb 23 Thomas Paine Westendorf, composer
  • Feb 24 C Grant B Allen, Canadian writer (Woman Who Did)
  • Feb 24 Johanna C P Barbiers, Dutch actress (Voddenraper of Paris), born in Zaandam, The Netherlands (d. 1927)
  • Feb 24 Andrew Inglis Clark, Tasmanian politician (d. 1907)
  • Feb 27 Hubert Parry, English musicologist and composer (Jerusalem), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 1918)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 15 Hermann von Boyen, Prussian field marshal (b. 1771)
  • Feb 20 Prince Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, dies from tuberculosis at 29

Person of interestJohn Quincy Adams

Feb 23 John Quincy Adams, 6th US President (1825-1829), dies of a stroke at 80

6th US President John Quincy Adams
6th US President
John Quincy Adams