On This Day

What Happened in February 1858

Historical Events

  • Feb 11 First vision of the Virgin Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes, France

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Feb 13 Sir Richard Burton & John Speake explore Lake Tanganyika, Africa

Geographer, Explorer & Translator Richard Francis Burton
Geographer, Explorer & Translator
Richard Francis Burton
  • Feb 21 Edwin T Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Feb 22 Dion Boucicault's "Jessie Brown" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 14 C. B. Hawley, American organist and composer, born in Brookfield, Connecticut (d. 1915)
  • Feb 14 Joseph Thomson, Scottish geologist and early African explorer (Thomson's Gazelle), born in Penpont, Dumfries, Scotland (d. 1895)
  • Feb 15 William Pickering, astronomer (9th & 10th moons of Saturn), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • Feb 16 Laurence "Lon" Myers, American track star (top US miler)
  • Feb 17 Ernest Ford, English composer, born in Warminster, Wiltshire (d. 1919)
  • Feb 18 Louise, princess of Belgium, married and divorced Philipp, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1924)
  • Feb 24 Arnold Dolmetsch, Le Mans, musician
  • Feb 26 Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (d. 1917)
  • Feb 28 Jacob P Vis, Dutch industrialist (founder NV Royal Salt Industries)

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 10 US President Millard Fillmore (58) weds Caroline Carmichael (43) in Albany, New York

13th US President Millard Fillmore
13th US President
Millard Fillmore

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 13 Hermann Heinrich Gossen, Prussian economist, dies at 47
  • Feb 16 Georg F Creuzer, German philological/historian, dies at 86
  • Feb 19 Alois Basil Nikolaus Tomasini, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 78