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

Historic Event

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

  • Feb 21 Edwin T. Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Massachusetts)

Theater Premiere

Feb 22 Dion Boucicault's play "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, French-Bohemian musician, instrument builder, and promoter of early music, born in LeMans, France (d. 1940)
  • Feb 26 Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (d. 1917)
  • Feb 28 Jacob P Vis, Dutch industrialist (founder NV Royal Salt Industries)

Famous Weddings

Millard Fillmore

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

Famous Deaths

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