On This Day

What Happened in February 1478

Historical Events


Feb 18 George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is privately executed in the Tower of London (allegedly by being drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine).

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 7 Sir Thomas More, English statesman, humanist, and author (d. 1535)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 18 Duke of Clarence, privately executed and reputedly drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine
  • Feb 22 Hendrik Herp (Herpius/Harphius), writer (Spieghel volcomenheit), dies