On This Day

What Happened in February 1851

Historical Events

  • Feb 6 Robert Schumann's 3rd Symphony "Rhenisch" premieres in Dusseldorf
  • Feb 11 1st cricket 1st-class game in Australia, Tasmania v Victoria, Launceston
  • Feb 15 Black abolitionists invade Boston courtroom rescuing a fugitive slave
  • Feb 26 13th Grand National: Terry Abbott wins aboard Irish stallion Abd-El-Kader at 7/1; first dual winner and first to win back-to-back

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Durham Stevens, American diplomat (d. 1908)
  • Feb 2 José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican artist (d. 1913)
  • Feb 3 Johannes B van Heutsz, lt-gen/gov-gen Dutch East Indies
  • Feb 3 Lord Harris, cricketer (4 Tests for England MCC big-wig)
  • Feb 8 Kate O'Flaherty Chopin, writer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1904)
  • Feb 28 Samuel W. McCall, American politician (Rep (R) 1893-1913), 47th Governor of Massachusetts (1916-19), born in East Providence Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1923)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestMary Shelley

Feb 1 Mary Shelley, English novelist (Frankenstein), dies of a brain tumour at 53

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley
  • Feb 16 Anne Willem Carel van Nagell, Dutch politician, dies at 95
  • Feb 18 Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, German mathematician, dies at 46
  • Feb 20 Josef Alois Ladurner, composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 23 Joanna Baillie, Scottish poet and playwright, dies at 88
  • Feb 25 Ferdinand Simon Gassner, composer, dies at 53