Today in History for February 1856
Events 1 - 8 of 8
1st - Auburn University is chartered as the East Alabama Male College.
7th - The colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the first piece of legislation (the Electoral Act of 1856) anywhere in the world providing for elections by way of a secret ballot.
18th - American (Know-Nothing) Party abolishes secrecy
18th - The American Party (Know-Nothings) convene in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to nominate their first Presidential candidate, former President Millard Fillmore.
19th - Tin-type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambier, Ohio
20th - John Rutledge, Liverpool-NY steamer, hits iceberg; many die
22nd - 1st national meeting of Republican Party (Pittsburgh)
29th - Hostilities in Russo-Turkish War cease
Birthdays 1 - 9 of 9
2nd - Makar Grigori Ekmalyan, composer
5th - Otto Brahm, German critic/founder (Neue Deutsche Rundschau)
14th - Frank Harris, England, journalist/writer (My Life & Loves)
15th - Frank Harris, Galway England, writer
15th - Emil Kraepelin, German psychiatrist (d. 1926)
16th - Willem Kes, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor (Parkorkest Amsterdam)
16th - Rudolph Karstadt, German entrepreneur (d. 1944)
21st - Hendrik P Berlage, architect (Stock exchange Amsterdam)
25th - Charles Lang Freer, art collector; endowed Freer Gallery [or 1876]
Deaths 1 - 3 of 3