On This Day

What Happened in February 1869

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 James Oliver invents removable tempered steel plow blade
  • Feb 3 Booth Theater at 23rd & 6th opens in NYC (Romeo & Juliet)
  • Feb 5 World's largest alluvial gold nugget, the Welcome Stranger, found by John Deason and Richard Oates (weighting 97.14kg) in Moliagul, Australia
  • Feb 6 Harper's Weekly publishes 1st picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers

Historic Event

Feb 15 Charges of Treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped

  • Feb 19 US Assay Office in Boise, Idaho authorized
  • Feb 20 Tennessee Governor W C Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis
  • Feb 23 Louisiana governor signs public accommodations law
  • Feb 26 US 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states to ratify

Music Premiere

Feb 26 Franz Schubert's Symphony number 4, "The Tragic", premieres

  • Feb 27 John Menard is 1st African American to make a speech in the US Congress

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Johannes "Frits" Bakker Sr., Dutch actor (Holland Tooneelgezelschap), (d. 1943)
  • Feb 7 Jindrich S Baar, Czech pastor/writer (Jan Cimbura)
  • Feb 10 Vasily Kalafati, Russian composer (Cygany), born in Yevpatoria, Crimea (d. 1942)
  • Feb 11 Helene Kroller-Muller, Dutch museum founder (d. 1939)
  • Feb 11 Else Lasker-Schüler, German writer (d. 1945)
  • Feb 12 Hendrik P. Marchant, Dutch minister of Education/Arts (VVD)
  • Feb 14 Charles Wilson, Scottish physicist and meteorologist (Wilson cloud chamber-Nobel), born in Glencorse, Scotland (d. 1959)
  • Feb 17 Carlos Viegas Gago Coutinho, Portuguese cartographer and aviator (1st flight across the south Atlantic), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1959)
  • Feb 23 Nadezhda Konstantinova Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary (Soc-Dem)
  • Feb 26 Nadezhda Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary and wife of Vladimir Lenin, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1939)
  • Feb 27 Alice Hamilton, physician/writer (workmen's compensation laws)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Frederik Willem Conrad, Dutch hydraulic engineer & railway pioneer, dies at 68
  • Feb 4 Johan Michiel Dautzenberg, Flemish author (Future), dies at 60
  • Feb 15 Mirza Ghalib, Indian poet (b. 1796)