What Happened in February 1709

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Historical Events

  • Feb 2 British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years, his story inspires "Robinson Crusoe"

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 16 Charles Avison, English composer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1770) baptismal date
  • Feb 24 Jacques de Vaucanson, French inventor (d. 1782)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 8 Giuseppe Torelli, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • Feb 9 Fran├žois Louis, Prince of Conti, French general (b. 1664)
  • Feb 19 Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Japanese shogun (b. 1646)