What Happened in February 1807

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 A British military force, under Brigadier-General Sir Samuel Auchmuty captures the city of Montevideo in the Battle of Montevideo, then part of the Spanish Empire now capital of Uruguay (Napoleonic Wars)

BattleBattle of Interest

Feb 8 Battle of Eylau ends inconclusively between Napoleon's forces and Russian Empire - 1st battle Napoleon isn't victorious

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Feb 9 French Sanhedrin convened by Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Feb 10 US Coast Survey authorized by Congress
  • Feb 19 British squadron under Admiral Duckworth attempts to force passage of Dardanelles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 19 VP Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later acquitted

3rd Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr
3rd Vice President of the United States
Aaron Burr
  • Feb 24 17 die & 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty & Elizabeth Godfrey in England

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 William Bowen Campbell, American politician and Civil War Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Sumner County, Tennessee (d. 1867)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 3 Joseph E. Johnston, American military officer (senior officer in Confederate Army and United States Army), born in Farmville, Virginia (d. 1891)

American Military Officer Joseph E. Johnston
American Military Officer
Joseph E. Johnston
  • Feb 6 Hans Matthison-Hansen, composer
  • Feb 8 Franciscus J van Vree, Dutch Catholic foreman
  • Feb 8 Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, English sculptor and naturalist (d. 1889)
  • Feb 10 Abner Clark Harding, American politician and Civil War Brigadier General (Union Army), born in East Hampton, Connecticut (d. 1874)
  • Feb 13 Bartolommea Capitanio, Italian monastery founder (Liefdezusters)
  • Feb 15 Ignacy Feliks Dobrzynski, composer
  • Feb 16 Lysander Cutler, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Royalston, Massachusetts (d. 1866)
  • Feb 25 George Alfred Trenholm, Secy Treas (Confederacy), (d. 1876)
  • Feb 27 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet (Hiawatha), born in Portland, Maine

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 21 US President Martin Van Buren (24) weds highschool sweetheart Hannah Hoes (23) in Catskill, New York

8th US President Martin Van Buren
8th US President
Martin Van Buren

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 5 Pasquale Paoli, Corsican freedom fighter, dies at 80
  • Feb 6 John Reid, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 18 August G Meissner, German estheticus/literary, dies at 53
  • Feb 18 Sophie von Laroche, German writer (History of Lady Sophia Sternheim), dies at 75
  • Feb 23 Francois Guichard, composer, dies at 61