On This Day

February 1847 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 4 1st US telegraph company established in Maryland
  • Feb 22 Battle of Buena Vista: US troops beat Mexican army

Victory in Battle

Feb 23 Battle of Buena Vista, Mexico; Zachary Taylor leads mostly volunteer troops against larger Mexican Army force; Mexico retreats, both sides claim victory

  • Feb 25 State University of Iowa is approved
  • Feb 28 US defeats Mexico in battle of Sacramento

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 8 Hugh Price Hughes, Welsh social reformer, born in Carmarthen, Wales (d. 1902)

Thomas Edison

Feb 11 Thomas Edison, American inventor (lightbulb, phonograph, motion picture camera), born in Milan, Ohio (d. 1931)

  • Feb 14 Anna Howard Shaw, American suffragette, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1919)
  • Feb 14 Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal, born in Roal Palace, Turin, Sardinia (d. 1911)
  • Feb 25 John Watson, Canadian philosopher (Objective Idealism)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 15 Germinal Pierre Dandelin, Belgian mathematician (geometry), dies at 52
  • Feb 17 William Collins, English landscape painter, dies at 58