What Happened in February 1863

Historical Events


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Feb 3 Samuel Clemens first uses the pen name Mark Twain in a Virginia City newspaper, the "Territorial Enterprise"

Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain
  • Feb 7 HMS Orpheus sinks off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand, killing 189
  • Feb 10 1st US fire extinguisher patent granted to Alanson Crane, Virginia
  • Feb 24 Arizona Territory created
  • Feb 24 Forrest's raid on Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Feb 25 Congress creates national banking system, comptroller of currency

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Feb 26 Abraham Lincoln signs National Currency Act, establishes single national US currency

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • Feb 28 Confederate raider "Nashville" sinks near Fort McAllister, Georgia

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 5 Armand Parent, composer
  • Feb 7 Mieczyslaw Soltys, composer
  • Feb 9 Anthony Hope [Hopkins], novelist, born in London, England
  • Feb 17 Fyodor Sologub, Russian symbolist novelist and poet (d. 1927)
  • Feb 19 Emanuel Moor, composer
  • Feb 23 Franz von Stuck, German painter (Der Krieg)

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 10 PT Barnum stages wedding of Tom Thumb & Mercy Lavinia Warren, both midgets, in NYC