On This Day

Historical Events in February 1863

Historic Event

Feb 3 Samuel Clemens first uses the pen name Mark Twain in a Virginia City newspaper, the "Territorial Enterprise"

  • Feb 7 HMS Orpheus sinks off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand, killing 189
  • Feb 10 1st US fire extinguisher patent granted to Alanson Crane of Virginia
  • Feb 24 Arizona Territory created
  • Feb 24 Forrest's raid on Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Feb 25 Congress creates national banking system, comptroller of currency

Historic Event

Feb 26 Abraham Lincoln signs National Currency Act, establishes single national US currency

  • Feb 28 Confederate raider "Nashville" sinks near Fort McAllister, Georgia