On This Day

What Happened in February 1866

Historical Events

Historic Event

Feb 4 Mary Baker Eddy reportedly cures her injuries by opening a bible

  • Feb 10 Dutch government of Frans van der Putte forms

Historic Event

Feb 13 Jesse James holds up his first bank, stealing $15,000 from the Clay County Savings Association in Liberty, Missouri

  • Feb 16 Spencer Compton Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington becomes the British Secretary of State for War
  • Feb 21 Lucy B. Hobbs (Taylor) becomes 1st US woman to earn a DDS degree
  • Feb 26 New York Legislature forms NYC Metropolitan Board of Health

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 5 Arthur Keith, Persley Aberdeenshire, Scottish Anthropologist (human evolution)
  • Feb 5 Rossetter Gleason Cole, composer
  • Feb 6 Karl Sapper, German traveller & natural historian (d. 1945)
  • Feb 7 (Rafaël) "Raf" Verhulst, Flemish poet, journaliat, playwright (Jesus of Nazarus; Semini's Children), and educator, born in Wommelgem, Belgium (d. 1941)
  • Feb 9 George Ade, American playwright, writer and humorist (Counsel Widow, Fables in Slang), born in Kentland, Indiana (d. 1944)
  • Feb 10 Bror Beckman, Swedish composer, born in Kristinehamn, Sweden (d. 1929)
  • Feb 10 Rafael Altamira Crevea, Spanish lawyer/historian
  • Feb 15 Bannister Fletcher, English architect and architectural historian (A History of Architecture), born in London (d. 1953)
  • Feb 16 Johann Strauss III, Austrian composer and conductor (Dem Muthigen gehört die Welt), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1939)
  • Feb 16 Billy Hamilton, American Baseball HOF outfielder (NL batting champion 1891, 93; 5 × NL stolen base leader; KC Cowboys, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1940)
  • Feb 20 Carl Westman, Swedish architect and designer (d. 1936)
  • Feb 24 Arthur Pearson, Wookey Somerset England, newspaper proprietor
  • Feb 24 Pyotr Nikolaevich Lebedev, Russian physicist (d. 1912)
  • Feb 24 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (6 x Olympic gold, 3 x silver 1900, 20), born in Elewijt, Belgium (d. 1961)
  • Feb 25 Benedetto Croce, Italian humanist, historian, editor and philosopher

Herbert Henry Dow

Feb 26 Herbert Henry Dow, American chemical industrialist (Dow Chemical), born in Ontario, Canada (d. 1930)

  • Feb 28 Vyacheslav Ivanov, Russian philosopher, playwright and poet, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1949)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 François-Xavier Garneau, French Canadian poet and historian (b. 1809)
  • Feb 21 Stephen Elliott, Jr., Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 35