What Happened in February 1779

Historical Events

  • Feb 24 George Rogers Clark captures Vincennes (Ind) from British

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 20 Augustus Callcott, landscape painter, Kensington
  • Feb 21 Friedrich C von Savigny, German lawyer
  • Feb 22 Joachim Nicolas Eggert, composer
  • Feb 27 Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (d. 1842)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Georg Philipp Kress, composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 7 William Boyce, English organist/composer (Cathedral Music), dies from gout at 69

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 14 James Cook, British explorer, navigator and cartographer who was the first European to explore much of Australia, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand, killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii at 50

Captain/Explorer James Cook
James Cook
  • Feb 24 Paul Daniel Longolius, German encylopedist (b. 1704)
  • Feb 27 Jan Nepveu, Dutch gov-gen of Suriname (1769-79), dies at 59