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Events of the World: Feb 1863

Posted By on February 28, 2013

February 1863

February 2: American writer Samuel Clemens begins using the pen name “Mark Twain” for the first time

shipFebruary 7: The HMS Orpheus (built 1860) sinks attempting to enter Manukau Harbor, which was not in its intended route. The ship was behind schedule and attempted to take a short cut  while delivering supplies for the New Zealand wars. 189 of the ship’s crew of 259 died.




February 10:The first U.S. patent for a fire extinguisher , by Alanson Crane, of Virginia. The tube-container was a step up from the fire suppression glass “grenades” that were previously the most popular form of emergency firefighting.

Charles_Sherwood_Stratton_and_Lavinia_Warren_marriageFebruary 10: Famous little person and circus performer Gen. Tom Thumb, married another little person, Lavinia Warren, at a ceremony in New York City. Promoter P.T. Barnum, who was Tom’s employer, sold tickets to the event.








February 17: First meeting of the “Committee of Five,” in Geneva, Switzerland, a group that was the foundation of the International Red Cross.




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