On This Day

Historical Events in February 1845

2,000-year-old Glass Treasure Shattered by a Drunk

Feb 7 The Portland Vase, thought to date to the 1st century BC is shattered into more than 80 pieces by a drunken visitor to the British Museum

  • Feb 15 William Parsons, Earl of Rosse, 1st uses 72 inch (183 cm) reflector