On This Day

Historical Events in February 1859

  • Feb 5 Wallachia and Moldavia are united under Alexander John Cuza as the United Principalities

The Indian Mutiny

Feb 10 General Horsford defeats Begum of Oude and Nana Sahib in Indian Mutiny

  • Feb 14 Oregon admitted as 33rd state of the Union
  • Feb 16 The French Government passes a law to set the A-note above middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz, in an attempt to standardize the pitch

Music Premiere

Feb 17 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Un Ballo in maschera" premieres in Naples

Sports History

Feb 26 Paul Morphy's chess match vs Augustus Mongredien begins; Morphy wins

  • Feb 28 Arkansas legislature requires free blacks to choose exile or slavery