United States Historical Events in February

United States Historical Events is a daily guide to the important events that shaped America to what it is today. This is a compilation of significant events for the month of February including the birth and death of famous Americans as well as laws promulgated by authorities. The list is constantly updated to incorporate the most recent events.

United States Historical Events in February

Day Year Event
1 1861 The State of Texas secedes from the United States and a week later joins the Confederacy.
2 1653 New Amsterdam (later renamed The City of New York) is incorporated.
3 1690 The first paper money in the Americas was issued by the colony of Massachusetts.
3 1924 Death: Woodrow Wilson, the 28th US president, died in Washington, D.C. at age 67.
4 2004 Mark Zuckerberg creates a social media platform which he called Facebook.
5 1917 The United States Congress passes the Immigration Act of 1917 overriding President Woodrow Wilson’s veto.
6 1788 Massachusetts became the 6th State to be admitted to the Union.
6 1911 Birthday: Ronald Reagan, the 40th US President, was born in Illinois, United States.
7 1795 Ratification of the 11th Amendment to the United States Constitution restricting the ability of individuals to bring suit against states in federal court.
8 1693 King William III and Queen Mary II grants charter to the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, America.
9 1773 Birthday: William Henry Harrison, the 9th US President, was born in Charles City, Virginia.
10 1923 Texas Technological College which later became Texas Tech University is founded in Lubbock, Texas.
11 1794 First session of United States Senate opens to the public.
12 1809 Birthday: President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US president, was born in Kentucky, United States.
13 1914 The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is established in New York City to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.
14 1859 Oregon became the 33rd State to be admitted to the Union.
14 1912 Arizona became the 48th State to be admitted to the Union.
15 1764 Establishment of the city of St. Louis in Spanish Louisiana (now in the state of Missouri).
16 1937 A United States patent for nylon is granted to Wallace H. Carothers.
17 1815 The War of 1812 officially ended.
18 1735 The ballad opera called Flora or Hob in the Well opens in Charleston, South Carolina, becoming the first opera of any kind to be produced in North America.
19 1807 Former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested for treason in Wakefield, Alabama and confined to Fort Stoddert.
20 1685 René-Robert Cavelier establishes Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay giving basis for France’s claim to Texas.
21 1842 John Greenough receives the first United States patent for the sewing machine.
22 1732 Birthday: George Washington, the 1st US president, was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States.
23 1848 Death: John Quincy Adams, the 6th US president, died in Washington, D.C. at age 80.
24 1803 The Supreme Court of the United States establishes the principle of judicial review in Marbury v. Madison.
25 1836 Samuel Colt receives a United States patent for revolver firearm.
26 1919 President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of Congress establishing the Grand Canyon National Park.
27 1951 Ratification of the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution which limits presidents to two terms.
28 1867 The United States Congress bans federal funding of diplomatic envoys to the Vatican after seventy years of Holy See–United States relations. (Relations would be restored again on January 10, 1984.)

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