February 1819 in history

February 1819 events chronologically

Feb 6 Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore
Feb 7 Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles leaves Singapore after just taking it over, leaving it in the hands of William Farquhar
Feb 17 The United States House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise for the first time
Feb 19 British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III
Feb 22 By the Adams–Onís Treaty, Spain sells Florida to the United States for five million U.S. dollars

Top 7 most famous people born in February 1819

Feb 8 John Ruskin the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects ranging from geology to architecture, myth to ornithology, literature to education, and botany to political economy. His writing styles and literary forms were equally varied. Ruskin penned essays and treatises, poetry and lectures, travel guides and manuals, letters and even a fairy tale. The elaborate style that characterised his earliest writing on art was later superseded by a preference for plainer language designed to communicate his ideas more effectively. In all of his writing, he emphasised the connections between nature, art and society. He also made detailed sketches and paintings of rocks, plants, birds, landscapes, and architectural structures and ornamentation
Feb 8 Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein a Polish noblewoman who pursued a forty-year liaison/relationship with Franz Liszt. She was also an amateur journalist and essayist and it is conjectured that she did much of the actual writing of several of Liszt's publications, especially his Life of Chopin. She pursued an enormous correspondence with Liszt and many others which is of vital historical interest. She admired and encouraged Hector Berlioz, as is clear from their extensive correspondence. Berlioz dedicated Les Troyens to Princess Carolyne. She was portrayed by Capucine in the 1960 film Song Without End
Feb 13 James Cockburn (politician) a Canadian Conservative politician, and a father of Canadian Confederation.
Feb 14 Christopher Latham Sholes an American inventor who invented the first practical typewriter and the QWERTY keyboard still in use today. He was also a newspaper publisher and Wisconsin politician
Feb 17 Philipp Jaffé a German historian and philologist. The Schwersenz native, despite discrimination against his Jewish religion, was one of the most important German medievalists of the 19th century
Feb 20 Alfred Escher a Swiss politician, business leader and railways pioneer. Thanks to his numerous political posts and his significant role in the foundation and management of the Swiss Northeastern Railway, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Credit Suisse, Swiss Life and the Gotthard Railway, Escher had an unmatched influence on Switzerland’s political and economic development in the 19th century
Feb 22 James Russell Lowell an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets who rivaled the popularity of British poets. These poets usually used conventional forms and meters in their poetry, making them suitable for families entertaining at their fireside

Top 7 most famous people died in February 1819

Feb 5 Hannah Van Buren the wife of the eighth United States President, Martin Van Buren.
Feb 7 August Wilhelm Hupel a Baltic German publicist, estophile and linguist.
Feb 8 Sydenham Edwards a natural history illustrator.
Feb 15 Fernando Serrano a Neogranadine statesman, lawyer, and officer who became Governor of the Province of Pamplona and wrote its Constitution in 1815. He also served as the last President of the United Provinces of the New Granada before its dissolution and complete Reconquista
Feb 16 Honoré IV Prince of Monaco Prince of Monaco and Duke of Valentinois from 12 March 1795 to 16 February 1819. He was the son of Prince Honoré III by his wife, Maria Caterina Brignole, a Genoese noblewoman. After the fall of Napoleon I, he regained control of the principality thanks to a clause added by Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord at the Congress of Vienna stating that, "the Prince of Monaco should return to his estates", and passed on his titles to his eldest son, Honoré V, Prince of Monaco
Feb 16 Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes a French painter.
Feb 16 Archibald Hamilton 9th Duke of Hamilton a Scottish peer and politician.