On This Day

February 1860 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 1st rabbi to open House of Representatives, Morris Raphall of NYC
  • Feb 3 Thomas Clemson takes office as 1st US superintendent of agriculture
  • Feb 13 King Basse Kajuara departs Boni South-Celebes
  • Feb 16 Dutch Rochussen/Van Bosse government resigns
  • Feb 22 Shoe-making workers of Lynn, Massachusetts, strike successfully for higher wages

Historic Event

Feb 27 Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York that is largely responsible for his election to the Presidency


Birthdays in History

  • Feb 2 Curtis Guild, Jr., 43rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1915)
  • Feb 6 Eliza Johannes Meester, Dutch journalist & writer (Geertje), born in Harderwijk, Netherlands (d. 1931)
  • Feb 11 Rachilde [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author (Monsieur Venus)
  • Feb 14 Eugen Schiffer, German lawyer & liberal politician, born in Breslau, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1954)
  • Feb 14 Waldemar Lindgren, Swedish-American Geologist (economic geology, ore classification), born in Vassmolösa, Kalmar, Sweden (d. 1939)
  • Feb 18 Anders Zorn, Swedish painter/etcher/sculptor (Gustavus Vasa)
  • Feb 21 Karel Matěj Čapek-Chod, Czech journalist (d. 1927)
  • Feb 21 Goscombe John, Welsh sculptor (d. 1952)
  • Feb 24 Daniel Berkeley Updike, American printer, publisher and writer (Printing Types), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1941)
  • Feb 25 Menso Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch painter, born in Brussels (d. 1925)
  • Feb 25 William James Ashley, English economic-historian
  • Feb 29 Herman Hollerith, American inventor (1st electric tabulating machine), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1929)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 9 Eduard W van Dam van Isselt, Dutch milt/liberal politician, dies at 63
  • Feb 20 Henry Drummond, English banker and religious leader, dies at 69
  • Feb 25 Chauncey Allen Goodrich, American clergyman, educator, and lexicographer (b. 1790)