On This Day

What Happened in February 1851

Historical Events

Music Premiere

Feb 6 Robert Schumann's 3rd Symphony "Rhenisch" premieres in Dusseldorf

  • Feb 11 Inaugural 1st-class cricket match in Australia; Tasmania v Victoria in Launceston; Tasmania wins by 3 wickets
  • Feb 12 Edward Hargraves and three other men discover gold at Ophir, New South Wales, beginning Australia's first gold rush [1]
  • 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 George Harris, (4th Baron Harris), English cricket batsman and captain (4 Tests, 1 x 50; Kent CCC), born in St Ann's, Trinidad (d. 1932)
  • Feb 8 Kate O'Flaherty Chopin, American writer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1904)
  • Feb 26 Mordecai Sherwin, English cricket wicket-keeper (3 Tests, 7 dismissals; Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Kimberley, England (d. 1910)
  • 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

Mary Shelley

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

  • 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, Austrian keyboardist, choral director, composer, and priest dies at 81
  • Feb 23 Joanna Baillie, Scottish poet and playwright, dies at 88
  • Feb 25 Ferdinand Simon Gassner, Austrian composer, dies at 53