February 1842 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 7 Battle of Debre Tabor: Ras Ali Alula, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia defeats warlord Wube Haile Maryam of Semien
  • Feb 10 Moreton Bay Penal Colony abolished and opened for free settlement (modern city of Brisbane, Australia) [1]
  • Feb 15 1st adhesive postage stamps in US (private delivery company), NYC
  • Feb 21 1st known sewing machine patented in US by John Greenough of Washington, D.C.

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 2 Yulian Vasilievich Sokhotski, Russian mathematician (d. 1927)
  • Feb 4 Georg Brandes, Danish literary historian and critic (the Modern Breakthrough of Scandinavian literature), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1927)
  • Feb 7 Alexandre Ribot, French statesman (d. 1923)
  • Feb 22 Leon Vanderkindere, Belgian historian and mayor (Ukkel), born in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek (d. 1906)
  • Feb 23 Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, German philosopher (d. 1906)
  • Feb 25 Karl May, German writer (Old Shatterhand, Winnetou), born in Ernstthal, Saxony (d. 1912)
  • Feb 26 Camille Flammarion, French astronomer, Mars researcher and popularizer of astronomy, born in Montigny-le-Roi, Haute-Marne, France (d. 1925)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 18 Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (b. 1779)