On This Day

What Happened in February 1519

Historical Events

Historic Event

Feb 18 Hernán Cortés leaves Cuba for the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico with 11 ships and 500 men

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 5 René of Châlon, (d. 1544)
  • Feb 15 Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Spanish admiral and explorer who founded St. Augustine, Florida, born in Avilés, Spain (d. 1574)
  • Feb 16 Gaspard de Coligny, Huguenot leader/French admiral
  • Feb 17 Francis, Duke of Guise, French soldier and politician (d. 1563)