On This Day

What Happened in February 1688

Historical Events

  • Feb 18 Quakers consider drafting formal protest of slavery in Germantown, Pennsylvania

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 4 Pierre De Marivaux, French writer (Marianne), born in Paris, France

Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel

Feb 7 Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel [Marijke Meu], Princess of Orange and ancestor of all currently reigning monarchs in Europe, born in Kassel (d. 1765)

  • Feb 8 Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish philosopher, mathematician and mythic (The New Church), born in Stockholm, Swedish Empire (d. 1772)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Abraham Duquesne, French naval officer (b. 1610)
  • Feb 17 Rev James Renwick, hanged in Scotland for being a Presbyterian