On This Day

February 1851 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 15 Black abolitionists invade Boston courtroom rescuing a fugitive slave

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Durham Stevens, American diplomat (d. 1908)
  • Feb 2 José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican artist (d. 1913)
  • Feb 3 Johannes B van Heutsz, lt-gen/gov-gen Dutch East Indies
  • Feb 8 Kate O'Flaherty Chopin, writer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1904)
  • Feb 28 Samuel W. McCall, American politician (Rep (R) 1893-1913), 47th Governor of Massachusetts (1916-19), born in East Providence Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1923)

Deaths in History


Person of interestMary Shelley

Feb 1 Mary Shelley, English novelist (Frankenstein), dies of a brain tumour at 53

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley
  • Feb 16 Anne Willem Carel van Nagell, Dutch politician, dies at 95
  • Feb 18 Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, German mathematician, dies at 46
  • Feb 23 Joanna Baillie, Scottish poet and playwright, dies at 88