What Happened in February 1876

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 Baseball's National League forms at the Grand Central Hotel, NYC with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St Louis
  • Feb 3 Albert Spalding invests $800 to start sporting goods company, manufacturing first official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball and football
  • Feb 7 US President Grant's private secretary Orville acquitted in Whiskey Ring
  • Feb 14 Alexander G. Bell & Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor
  • Feb 15 Historic Elm at Boston blown down
  • Feb 17 Sardines first canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine
  • Feb 18 Direct telegraph link established between Britain and New Zealand
  • Feb 22 Johns Hopkins University opens

Theater Premiere

Feb 24 Henrik Ibsen'-s play "Peer Gynt" premieres in Oslo


Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 3 William Tedmarsh, British silent movie actor (Two Beds and No Sleep), born in London, England (d. 1937)
  • Feb 4 Victor Vreuls, Belgian composer and musician, born in Verviers (d. 1944)
  • Feb 6 Wilhelm August Schmidtbonn, German writer (Der Sprechende Eros), born in Bonn, Germany (d. 1952)
  • Feb 8 Paula Modersohn-Becker, German "entartet" painter
  • Feb 9 Martin Stixrud, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic bronze 1920)
  • Feb 12 Thubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama, born in Thakpo Langdun (d. 1933)
  • Feb 13 Fritz Buelow, German-born American baseball player (d. 1933)
  • Feb 15 Ernest Wilson, English botanist (plant collector in China), born in Chipping Campden, England (d. 1930)
  • Feb 16 G. M. Trevelyan [George Macaulay Trevelyan], British historian and academic, born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England (d. 1962)
  • Feb 19 Constantin Brancusi, Romanian French sculptor (Princesse X), born in Hobita (d. 1957)
  • Feb 20 Théodore "Fyodor" Akimenko, Ukrainian composer, born in Kharkiv Drapeau, Ukraine (d. 1945)
  • Feb 21 Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (d. 1956)
  • Feb 22 Zitkála-Šá, [aka Gertrude Bonnin] Native American (Yankton Dakota) writer, violinist, librettist (The Sun Dance Opera), educator, and political activist, born in Yankton Indian Reservation, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota) (d. 1938)
  • Feb 23 Maude Royden, English suffragist and preacher, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1956)
  • Feb 23 Wadih Sabra, Lebanese composer (Kulluna lil Watan), born in Beirut (d. 1952)
  • Feb 24 Victor Moore, American comedian (Ziegfeld Follies, 7 Year Itch), born in Hammonton, New Jersey
  • Feb 26 Agustín Pedro Justo, President of Argentina (1932-38) during the Infamous Decade, born in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Ríos (d. 1943)
  • Feb 26 Pauline Musters, Dutch world's smallest woman at 24 inches (61 cm), born in Ossendrecht, Netherlands (d. 1895)
  • Feb 28 John Alden Carpenter, American composer (Sea Drift), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1951)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 Gino Capponi, Italian marquis, literary and Premier of Toscane, dies at 83
  • Feb 10 Johan August Söderman, Swedish composer, dies at 43
  • Feb 10 Reverdy Johnson, American politician and jurist (Dred Scott v. Sandford), dies at 79
  • Feb 21 Henry John Gauntlett, English organist and composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 24 Jan Pieter Heije, Dutch physician/writer/poet, dies at 67
  • Feb 24 Joseph Jenkins Roberts, first President of Liberia (b. 1809)
  • Feb 28 Charles Edward Horsley, English composer, dies at 53