On This Day

Historical Events in February 1869

  • Feb 2 James Oliver invents removable tempered steel plow blade
  • Feb 3 Booth Theater at 23rd & 6th opens in NYC (Romeo & Juliet)
  • Feb 5 World's largest alluvial gold nugget, the Welcome Stranger, found by John Deason and Richard Oates (weighting 97.14kg) in Moliagul, Australia
  • Feb 6 Harper's Weekly publishes 1st picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers

Historic Event

Feb 15 Charges of Treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped

  • Feb 19 US Assay Office in Boise, Idaho authorized
  • Feb 20 Tennessee Governor W C Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis
  • Feb 23 Louisiana governor signs public accommodations law
  • Feb 26 US 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states to ratify

Music Premiere

Feb 26 Franz Schubert's Symphony number 4, "The Tragic", premieres

  • Feb 27 John Menard is 1st African American to make a speech in the US Congress