February 1857 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 7 French writer Gustave Flaubert is acquitted on a charge of obscenity for his work "Madame Bovary"
  • Feb 16 Gallaudet College (National Deaf Mute college) forms in Washington, D.C.

Chinese Rebellion in Sarawak

Feb 18 Chinese residents in the fledging state of Sarawak rebel against the "White Rajah" James Brooke

  • Feb 21 Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in US
  • Feb 21 US issues flying eagle cents
  • Feb 24 1st perforated US postage stamps delivered to government
  • Feb 24 LA Vineyard Society organized

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 2 Jan Six, Dutch art historian and art collector (Six Collection), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1926)
  • Feb 3 Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen, Danish Botanist and Geneticist (provided evidence for Hugo de Vries' mutation theory), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1927)
  • Feb 17 Samuel Sidney McClure, Irish-American newspaper editor, publisher and muckracker (McClure's Magazine), born in County Antrim, Ireland (d. 1949)
  • Feb 18 Max Klinger, German graphic artist, painter and sculptor (Paraphrase on the Finding of a Glove), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1920)
  • Feb 21 Jules de Trooz, Belgium politician and Prime Minister of Belgium (1907), born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1907)
  • Feb 22 Heinrich Hertz, German physicist, 1st to broadcast & receive radio waves, born in Hamburg, German Confederation (d. 1894)

Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941)

Feb 22 British officer and founder of the modern scouting movement, born in Paddington, London

  • Feb 25 Friedrich Reinitzer, Austrian chemist and botanist (discovered properties of liquid crystals), born in Prague (d. 1927)
  • Feb 26 Emile Coué, French pharmacist (recovery by auto suggestion), born in Troyes, France (d. 1926)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 7 Félix de Merode, Earl of Merode, Belgian minister of War and Finance, dies at 65

David Thompson (1770-1857)

Feb 10 English-Canadian explorer (Columbia River, mapped more Canadian territory than anyone else), dies at 86

  • Feb 16 Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, French engraver, dies at 77
  • Feb 16 Elisha Kent Kane, American naval surgeon and Arctic explorer (led expedition to Greenland discover fate of John Franklin), dies at 37
  • Feb 28 André Dumont, Belgian geologist, dies at 48