On This Day

February 1880 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 The first edition of theatrical newspaper The Stage is published.
  • Feb 2 SS Strathleven arrives in London with first shipment of frozen Australian mutton

MurderMurder of Interest

Feb 4 Black donnelly massacre in Biddulph, Ontario. Irish immigrants James (63), Johannah (56), John (32), Thomas (25) and Bridget (21) Donnelly murdered at home by members of the Vigilance Committee

Squatter James Donnelly
Squatter
James Donnelly

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Feb 10 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Arcanum about Christian marriage

256th Pope Leo XIII
256th Pope
Leo XIII
  • Feb 12 US National Croquet League organizes (Philadelphia)
  • Feb 13 Work begins on the covering of the Senne, burying Brussels's primary river and creating the modern central boulevards
  • Feb 16 American Society of Mechanical Engineers forms (NYC)

MurderAssassination Attempt

Feb 17 Alexander II of Russia survives an assassination attempt

Tsar of Russia Alexander II
Tsar of Russia
Alexander II
  • Feb 29 Gotthard railway tunnel between Switzerland & Italy completed

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 3 Arnoldus JH Aerts, bishop of Neth-Guinea (1920-42)
  • Feb 8 Franz Marc, German painter (Blaue Reiter)
  • Feb 9 Lipót Fejér, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1959)
  • Feb 10 Jesse G Vincent, Arkansas, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine
  • Feb 12 John Llewellyn Lewis, union leader (United Mine Workers, 1920-60)
  • Feb 19 Álvaro Obregón, Mexican general and President of Mexico (1920-24), born in Alamos, Mexico (d. 1928)
  • Feb 20 Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen, French aristocrat and novelist (d. 1923)
  • Feb 21 Waldemar Bonsels, German writer (d. 1952)
  • Feb 22 Frigyes Riesz, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1956)
  • Feb 26 Lionel Logue, Australian speech therapist who treated King George VI (The Kings Speech), born in Adelaide (d. 1953)
  • Feb 27 Angelina Weld Grimke, American journalist, teacher and playwright (Harlem Renaissance), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1958)

Deaths in History


MurderJames Donnelly

Feb 4 James Donnelly, Irish-Canadian patriarch of the "Black Donnellys", murdered in the Black Donnelly massacre at 63

Squatter James Donnelly
Squatter
James Donnelly
  • Feb 19 Constantino Brumidi, Greek-Italian-American historical artist (Myrtle Murdock), dies at 74
  • Feb 29 Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1812, also on 29 February)