Historical Events in February 1854

  • Feb 2 Pope Pius IX encyclical "On persecution of Armenians"
  • Feb 4 Alvan Bovay proposes name "Republican Party" in Ripon, Wisconsin
  • Feb 11 For the 1st time coal gas is used to light major streets in San Francisco

Music Premiere

Feb 16 Franz Liszt's symphony "Orpheus" premieres

  • Feb 17 Britain recognises independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)
  • Feb 22 1st meeting of Republican Party (Michigan)
  • Feb 23 Great Britain & Orange Free state sign Convention of Bloemfontein

Music History

Feb 27 German composer Robert Schumann saved from suicide attempt in Rhine River

  • Feb 28 Republican Party formally organized in Ripon, Wisconsin