On This Day

What Happened in February 1871

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Jefferson Long of Georgia is first African American to make an official speech in US House of Representatives (opposing leniency to former Confederates)
  • Feb 9 Federal fish protection office authorized by US Congress
  • Feb 27 Meeting of Alabama claims commission
  • Feb 28 2nd Enforcement Act gives federal control of congressional elections in US

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 4 Friedrich Ebert, German politician, 1st Reichspräsident of the Weimar Republic (d. 1925)
  • Feb 5 Jovan Ducic, Serb poet (Blue Legends)
  • Feb 7 (Carl) Wilhelm Stenhammar, Swedish composer considered the finest Swedish pianist of his time, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1927)
  • Feb 9 Fran Saleški Finžgar, Slovene folk writer (Our Blood, Service Girls), born in Doslovče, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1962)
  • Feb 9 Howard T Ricketts, American pathologist (studied typhus fever), born in Findlay, Ohio (d. 1910)
  • Feb 14 Gerda Lundequist, Swedish actress (The Saga of Gösta Berling), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1959)
  • Feb 18 Harry Brearley, English inventor (d. 1948)
  • Feb 25 Oliver Campbell, American tennis player (US Open 1890-92), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1953)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Alexander Nikoleyevich Serov, Russian composer, dies at 51
  • Feb 7 Henry Steinway [Heinrich Steinweg], German American piano manufacturer (Steinway & Sons), dies at 73
  • Feb 12 Alice Cary, American poet (Cincinnati Sentinel), dies at 50
  • Feb 19 John B. Magruder, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 63
  • Feb 20 Paul Kane, Irish-Canadian painter, dies at 60
  • Feb 26 Charles Niellon, Belgian brigade general, dies at 76
  • Feb 26 Sophia Hawthorne, American writer, painter and illustrator, dies at 61