On This Day

What Happened in February 1672

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 8 Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • Feb 23 Joan Blaeus publishers destroyed by fire in Amsterdam

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 13 Étienne François Geoffroy, French physician and chemist (1718 affinity table), born in Paris (d. 1731)
  • Feb 26 Antoine Augustine Calmet, French theologian (d. 1757)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 19 Charles Chauncy, American clergyman and President of Harvard College (1654-72), dies at 79