What Happened in February 1781

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 Dutch West Indies island of St Eustatia taken by British

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 9 Johann Baptist von Spix, German scientist (d. 1826)
  • Feb 17 René-Theophile-Hyacinthe Lannec, French inventor (stethoscope)
  • Feb 17 René Laënnec, French physician (invented the stethoscope), born in Quimper, France (d. 1826)
  • Feb 18 Henry Martyn, Truro, missionary

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 4 Josef Myslivecek, composer, dies at 43
  • Feb 4 Willem Crul, admiral (West-Indies), dies in battle at 59
  • Feb 15 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Saxon playwright/critic, dies at 52
  • Feb 23 George Taylor, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (bc. 1716)
  • Feb 24 Edward Capell, English critic (b. 1713)
  • Feb 28 Richard Stockton, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 50