On This Day

February 1876 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 7 US President Grant's private secretary Orville acquitted in Whiskey Ring
  • Feb 14 Alexander G. Bell & Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor
  • Feb 15 Historic Elm at Boston blown down
  • Feb 17 Sardines first canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine
  • Feb 18 Direct telegraph link established between Britain and New Zealand
  • Feb 22 Johns Hopkins University opens

Theater Premiere

Feb 24 Henrik Ibsen'-s play "Peer Gynt" premieres in Oslo

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 6 Wilhelm August Schmidtbonn, German writer (Der Sprechende Eros), born in Bonn, Germany (d. 1952)
  • Feb 8 Paula Modersohn-Becker, German "entartet" painter
  • Feb 12 Thubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama, born in Thakpo Langdun (d. 1933)
  • Feb 15 Ernest Wilson, English botanist (plant collector in China), born in Chipping Campden, England (d. 1930)
  • Feb 16 G. M. Trevelyan [George Macaulay Trevelyan], British historian and academic, born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England (d. 1962)
  • Feb 19 Constantin Brancusi, Romanian French sculptor (Princesse X), born in Hobita (d. 1957)
  • Feb 21 Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (d. 1956)
  • Feb 23 Maude Royden, English suffragist and preacher, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1956)
  • Feb 26 Agustín Pedro Justo, President of Argentina (1932-38) during the Infamous Decade, born in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Ríos (d. 1943)
  • Feb 26 Pauline Musters, Dutch world's smallest woman at 24 inches (61 cm), born in Ossendrecht, Netherlands (d. 1895)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Gino Capponi, Italian marquis, literary and Premier of Toscane, dies at 83
  • Feb 10 Reverdy Johnson, American politician and jurist (Dred Scott v. Sandford), dies at 79
  • Feb 24 Jan Pieter Heije, Dutch physician/writer/poet, dies at 67
  • Feb 24 Joseph Jenkins Roberts, first President of Liberia (b. 1809)