On This Day

February 1875 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 24 The SS Gothenburg hits the Great Barrier Reef and sinks off the Australian east coast, killing approximately 100, including a number of high profile civil servants and dignitaries
  • Feb 25 Kiowa Indians under Lone Wolf (Guipago) surrender at Ft Sill

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 2 Annette Kolb, German author (Small Fanfare) and pacifist, born in Munich (d. 1967)
  • Feb 4 Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (father of aerodynamics)
  • Feb 6 Leonid Gobyato, Russian general & inventor (man-portable mortar), born in Taganrog, Russia (d. 1915)
  • Feb 18 Walter Andrae, German archaeologist (Babylon, Assur)
  • Feb 21 Jeanne Louise Calment, French world's oldest woman (d. 1997 at 122)
  • Feb 27 Manuel Ugarte, Argentine diplomat, politician, newspaper owner, and author, born Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1951)

Weddings in History

  • Feb 4 Princess Louise of Belgium marries Prince Philip von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha in Belgium

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Everhardus Johannes Potgieter, Dutch writer (Liedekens van Bontekoe), dies at 66
  • Feb 17 Luis NF Varela, Brazilian romantic poet, dies at 33

Charles Lyell

Feb 22 Charles Lyell, British geologist (Elements of Geology), dies at 77

  • Feb 22 Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French painter, dies at 78