What Happened in February 1852

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 1st British public men's toilet opens in Fleet St, London
  • Feb 2 Alexandre Dumas Jr's "La Dame aux Camélias" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 11 First British public female toilet opens (Bedford Street, London)
  • Feb 15 Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits 1st patient
  • Feb 16 Studebaker Brothers wagon company established - precursor of the automobile manufacturer
  • Feb 19 The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

Historic Event

Feb 21 George Bancroft becomes the American Geographical Society's first president

  • Feb 26 British troopship Birkenhead sinks off South Africa, 458 die, 193 survive

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Teunis Stoel, Dutch actor and director (Small Theater), born in Rotterdam (d. 1914)
  • Feb 5 Terauchi Masatake, Japanese soldier and politician (Prime Minister of Japan 1916-18), born in Hirai Village, Japan (d. 1919)
  • Feb 8 Nikolai Garin [Michailovski], Russian author (Tjoma Kartashov) [NS=2/20]
  • Feb 12 Hendrik Blink, Dutch geographer (Van de Eems tot de Schelde) (d. 1931)
  • Feb 13 Johan L E Dreyer, Danish astronomer (New gen catalogue of nebulae)
  • Feb 16 Charles Taze Russell, American religious leader (founder of the Bible School Movement that led to Jehovah's Witnesses), born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania (d. 1916)
  • Feb 16 Mary Ewing Outerbridge, American citizen credited with importing tennis to the US from Bermuda (1874), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1886)
  • Feb 16 William S. Scarborough, American linguist and author (Birds of Aristophanes), born in Macon, Georgia (1926)
  • Feb 20 Nikolai Garin [Michailovski], Russian author (Tjoma Kartashov)
  • Feb 21 [James] Burner Matthews, US playwright/critic (NY Times)
  • Feb 22 Pieter K Pel, internist (Pel-Ebstein fever)
  • Feb 24 George A Moore, Irish painter/novelist (Esther Waters)
  • Feb 26 John Harvey Kellogg, American surgeon and nutritionist, inspired flaked cereal industry, born in Tyrone, Michigan (d. 1943)
  • Feb 29 Frank Gavan Duffy, Australian judge (d. 1936)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Francis Libermann, French religious leader (Congregation of Heart), dies at 49
  • Feb 10 Samuel Prout, British water color painter, dies at 68
  • Feb 17 Micha Joseph Levenson, Hebrew poet, dies
  • Feb 25 Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, dies at 72
  • Feb 27 Joseph Drechsler, Czech composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 29 John Landseer, English printer and engraver (Royal Academy), dies (birth date unknown 1763-69)