On This Day

What Happened in February 1868

Historical Events

  • Feb 10 Conservatives & military seize Convention Hall in Florida
  • Feb 16 Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks forms (NY)
  • Feb 24 1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile, Alabama)

Historic Event

Feb 24 US House of Representatives vote 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson

Historic Event

Feb 29 1st British government of Benjamin Disraeli forms


Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 3 D├ímaso Ledesma, Spanish organist, composer, musicologist, and priest, born in Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain (d. 1928)
  • Feb 4 Constance Gore-booth Markiewicy, Irish patriot/playwright/MP
  • Feb 5 Lodewijk Mortelmans, Belgian composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • Feb 6 Syd Callaway, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests, 6 wickets, BB 5/37, HS 41; NSW CA, Canterbury [NZ]), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1923)
  • Feb 10 William Allen White, Emporia KS, editor (Pulitzer 1942)
  • Feb 12 Jan Schaper, Dutch publicist and politician (SDAP)
  • Feb 14 Henricus Andreas Poels, Dutch Roman Catholic theologist and social foreman, born in Venray, Netherlands (d. 1948)
  • Feb 16 Wilhelm Schmidt, German anthropologist and linguist (Anthropos)
  • Feb 22 Henri Polak, union leader/politician (soc-dem)

W.E.B. Du Bois

Feb 23 W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights activist, writer (Souls of Black Folk) and founder of the NAACP, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

  • Feb 25 Anthony J. Block, Dutch lawyer (strafproces)
  • Feb 26 Leonard Borwick, English concert pianist, born in Walthamstow, England (d. 1925)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 10 David Brewster, Scottish physicist and inventor (kaleidoscope), dies at 86
  • Feb 11 Leon Foucault, French physicist whose pendulum proved that the Earth rotates, dies at 48
  • Feb 23 Andrew Strath, Scottish golfer (British Open 1865), dies at 30
  • Feb 29 Ludwig I, King of Bavaria (1825-48), dies at 81