On This Day

February 1854 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 2 Pope Pius IX encyclical "On persecution of Armenians"
  • Feb 4 Alvan Bovay proposes name "Republican Party" in Ripon, Wisconsin
  • Feb 11 For the 1st time coal gas is used to light major streets in San Francisco
  • Feb 17 Britain recognises independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)
  • Feb 22 1st meeting of Republican Party (Michigan)
  • Feb 23 Great Britain & Orange Free state sign Convention of Bloemfontein
  • Feb 28 Republican Party formally organized in Ripon, Wisconsin

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 9 Aletta [Henriette] Jacobs, 1st Dutch female physician
  • Feb 9 Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson, lawyer/leader (Irish Unionist Party)
  • Feb 17 Friedrich A. Krupp, German steel and arms manufacturer (Krupp AG. - supplied the German Navy)
  • Feb 24 Franz Courtens, Flemish painter (Golden Rain)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 17 Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais, French Catholic priest and writer (L'avenir), dies at 71
  • Feb 17 John Martin, English painter and engraver, dies at 64