What Happened in February 1849

Historical Events

  • Feb 4 University of Wisconsin begins in 1 room with 20 students
  • Feb 8 New Roman Republic established in Italy
  • Feb 9 Roman Republic declared in Rome replacing following flight of Pope Pius IX

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Feb 14 In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes first serving US President to have his photograph taken (by Matthew Brady).

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk
  • Feb 18 1st regular steamboat service to California starts (or 02/28)
  • Feb 28 1st boat load of gold rush prospectors arrives in San Francisco from east coast
  • Feb 28 11th Grand National: Tom Cunningham aboard Peter Simple wins

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet (d. 1921)
  • Feb 4 Jean Richepin, French poet/writer (Les Chansons de Gueux)
  • Feb 13 Lord Randolph Churchill, England, politician, Winston's father
  • Feb 17 Selwyn Image, Bodiam Sussex, painter
  • Feb 18 Alexander L. Kielland, Norwegian writer and politician (Garman og Worse)
  • Feb 22 Nikolay Yakovlevich Sonin, Russian mathematician (d. 1915)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 8 France Preseren, Slovenian poet (Sonetni Venec), dies at 48
  • Feb 8 Francois-Antoine Habeneck, composer, dies at 68
  • Feb 9 Corneille Vander Planken, composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 13 Christian Rummel, composer, dies at 61
  • Feb 15 Pierre F Verhulst, Belgian mathematician (logistic curve), dies at 44
  • Feb 22 Alexander Ernst Fesca, composer, dies at 28