Famous Deaths in February 1779

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

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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