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