Historical Events in February 1852

  • Feb 2 1st British public men's toilet opens in Fleet St, London
  • Feb 2 Alexandre Dumas Jr's "La Dame aux Camélias" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 11 First British public female toilet opens (Bedford Street, London)
  • Feb 15 Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits 1st patient
  • Feb 16 Studebaker Brothers wagon company established - precursor of the automobile manufacturer
  • Feb 19 The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

Historic Event

Feb 21 George Bancroft becomes the American Geographical Society's first president

  • Feb 26 British troopship Birkenhead sinks off South Africa, 458 die, 193 survive