On This Day

What Happened in February 1650

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Nell [Eleanor] Gwyn, English actress and mistress to King Charles II, born in London, England (d. 1687)
  • Feb 15 Anne Jules duke de Noailles, marshal of France (hugenot)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 8 John Adriaensz, hydraulic engineer (Haarlemmermeer), dies at about 74

Person of interestRené Descartes

Feb 11 René Descartes, French philosopher "I think therefore I am", stops thinking due to pneumonia at 53

Philosopher René Descartes
Philosopher
René Descartes