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)

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

Person of interestCharles Lyell

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

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