On This Day

What Happened in February 1659

Historical Events

  • Feb 11 The assault on Copenhagen by Swedish forces is beaten back with heavy losses
  • Feb 16 1st known cheque written (£400), now on display at Westminster Abbey

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Jacob Roggeveen, Dutch navigator and explorer (1st European to discover Easter Island), born in Middleburg, Netherlands (d. 1729)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 17 Abel Servien, French diplomat (b. 1593)
  • Feb 27 Henry Dunster, American clergyman and first President of Harvard College, dies at 49