February 1779 in History

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Events in History

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

Birthdays in History

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

Deaths in History


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 14 James Cook, British explorer, navigator and cartographer, discovered and explored Australia, Pacific Islands and New Zealand for Britain, killed in a fight with Hawaiians near Kealakekua at 50

Captain/Explorer James Cook
Captain/Explorer
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