On This Day

What Happened in February 1621

Historical Events

  • Feb 9 Alexander Ludovisi is elected Pope Gregory XV (-1623)

Election of Interest

Feb 17 Myles Standish is elected as the first commander of the Plymouth Colony

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Johannes Schefferus, Alsatian-born humanist (d. 1679)
  • Feb 14 Sybilla Schwarz, German baroque poet, born in Greifswald, Germany (d. 1638)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 15 Michael Praetorius [Schultze], German organist and composer (Syntagma; In Dulce Jubilo), dies at 49
  • Feb 28 Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1590)