What Happened in February 1850

Historical Events

  • Feb 5 Adding machine employing depressible keys patented, New Paltz, NY
  • Feb 12 Original Washington's farewell address manuscript sells for $2,300
  • Feb 18 California Legislature creates nine Bay Area counties
  • Feb 27 12th Grand National: Chris Green wins aboard Irish outsider Abd-El-Kader; goes on to become first dual winner and first to win in consecutive years
  • Feb 28 The University of Utah opens in Salt Lake City, Utah

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Carel V Gerritsen, Dutch free thinker
  • Feb 12 Amaat Vyncke, Flemish missionary (Flemish Flag)
  • Feb 16 Octave Mirbeau, French writer (Journal of a Lady's Maid)
  • Feb 17 Anton Urspruch, German composer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1907)
  • Feb 17 Ludwig Bonvin, Swiss born composer who worked in America, born in Sierre, Switzerland (d. 1939)
  • Feb 18 George Henschel, composer
  • Feb 20 Nérée Beauchemin, Canadian physician and poet (d. 1931)
  • Feb 22 Isaac L Rice, German (namesake of Columbia Univ's Rice stadium)
  • Feb 23 César Ritz, Swiss hotelier (d. 1918)
  • Feb 27 Henry Edwards Huntington, American railroad exec
  • Feb 28 Hermann Schell, German theologist/philosopher (Gott und Geist)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Edward Baker Lincoln, son of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, dies at 3
  • Feb 25 Daoguang, 8th Emperor of Qing Dynasty, dies at 67