On This Day

Famous People Who Died in February 1881

  • Feb 2 Aleksej F Pisemski, Russian writer (Clodhopper), dies at 59
  • Feb 3 John Gould, British ornithologist and bird artist, dies at 76

Thomas Carlyle

Feb 5 Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian and essayist (The French Revolution), dies in London at 85

  • Feb 6 Pieter Mijer, Gov-Gen of Neth Indies (1866-72), dies at 68
  • Feb 7 Fredrik Cygnaeus, Finnish poet/literature critic, dies at 73

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Feb 9 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (Crime and Punishment, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man) who helped shape literary modernism and existentialism, dies from a pulmonary haemorrhage at 59

  • Feb 14 Fernando Wood, New York City mayor (b. 1812)
  • Feb 27 George Colley, British governor of Natal/general, dies in battle at 46