What Happened in February 1860

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 1st rabbi to open House of Representatives, Morris Raphall of NYC
  • Feb 3 Thomas Clemson takes office as 1st US superintendent of agriculture
  • Feb 10 Johannes Brahms' 2nd Serenade in A, premieres
  • Feb 13 King Basse Kajuara departs Boni South-Celebes
  • Feb 16 Dutch Rochussen/Van Bosse government resigns
  • Feb 22 Organized baseball played in San Francisco for 1st time between the Eagles and the Red Rovers
  • Feb 22 Shoe-making workers of Lynn, Massachusetts, strike successfully for higher wages

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27 Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York that is largely responsible for his election to the Presidency

16th US President Abraham Lincoln
16th US President
Abraham Lincoln

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Curtis Guild, Jr., 43rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1915)
  • Feb 6 Eliza Johannes Meester, Dutch journalist & writer (Geertje), born in Harderwijk, Netherlands (d. 1931)
  • Feb 11 Rachilde, [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author (Monsieur Venus)
  • Feb 14 Eugen Schiffer, German lawyer and liberal politician, born in Breslau, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1954)
  • Feb 14 Waldemar Lindgren, Swedish-American Geologist (economic geology, ore classification), born in Vassmolösa, Kalmar, Sweden (d. 1939)
  • Feb 18 Anders Zorn, Swedish painter/etcher/sculptor (Gustavus Vasa)
  • Feb 21 Karel Matěj Čapek-Chod, Czech journalist (d. 1927)
  • Feb 21 Goscombe John, Welsh sculptor (d. 1952)
  • Feb 24 Daniel Berkeley Updike, printer/publisher/writer (Printing Types)
  • Feb 25 Menso Kamerlingh Onnes, painter/water colors painter
  • Feb 25 William James Ashley, English economic-historian
  • Feb 29 Herman Hollerith, inventor (1st electric tabulating machine)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 9 Eduard W van Dam van Isselt, Dutch milt/liberal politician, dies at 63
  • Feb 20 Henry Drummond, English banker and religious leader, dies at 69
  • Feb 25 Chauncey Allen Goodrich, American clergyman, educator, and lexicographer (b. 1790)