Category: "February"

February 1

1788 - Isaac Briggs and William Longstreet patented the steamboat.  1790 - The U.S. Supreme Court convened for the first time in New York City.  1793 - France declared war on Britain and Holland.  1793 - Ralph Hodgson patented oiled silk.  1861… more »

February 2

1536 - The Argentine city of Buenos Aires was founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain.  1653 - New Amsterdam, now known as New York City, was incorporated.  1802 - The first leopard to be exhibited in the United States was shown by Othello Pollard in… more »

February 3

1488 - The Portuguese navigator Bartholomeu Diaz landed at Mossal Bay in the Cape, the first European known to have landed on the southern extremity of Africa.  1690 - The first paper money in America was issued by the Massachusetts colony. The… more »

February 4

1783 - Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colonies, the United States of America.  1789 - Electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.  1824 - J.W. Goodrich introduced… more »

February 5

1782 - The Spanish captured Minorca from the British.  1783 - Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.  1846 - "The Oregon Spectator", based in Oregon City, became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast.  1861 - Samuel… more »
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