What Happened in February 1771

Historical Events

  • Feb 12 Gustav III becomes the King of Sweden.
  • Feb 16 Messier presents his original list of 45 M-objects to French Academy
  • Feb 19 Messier adds M46-M49 to his catalog (galactic clusters in Puppis & Hydra & galaxy in Virgo)

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 9 Daniel Belknap, composer
  • Feb 18 Friedrich Christian Ruppe, composer and violinist, brother of Christian Friedrich Ruppe
  • Feb 24 Johann Baptist Cramer, German/British pianist/composer/publisher
  • Feb 28 French Jozef Kinsoen, Flemish portrait painter

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 8 Augusta von Saxen-Gotha, German prince Frederick Louis of Wales, dies
  • Feb 12 Adolf Frederik, King of Sweden (1751-70), dies at 60
  • Feb 20 Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist (b. 1678)