On This Day

What Happened in February 1692

Historical Events

  • Feb 13 Glencoe Massacre: about 38 MacDonalds killed early in the morning by rival Campbell clan members, allegedly for not promptly pledging allegiance to the new king, William of Orange

USASalem Witch Trials

Feb 29 First people are accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts - Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba, a West Indian slave
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Dramatic lithograph of the Salem witch trials produced in 1892
Dramatic lithograph of the Salem witch trials produced in 1892

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 14 Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée, French writer (L’École des Mères), born in Paris (d. 1754)
  • Feb 25 Karl Ludwig, Freiherr von Pöllnitz, German adventurer and writer (d. 1775)
  • Feb 29 Edward Cave, English printer (Gentlemen's Magazine)
  • Feb 29 John Byrom, English poet and the inventor of shorthand, born in Manchester, England (d. 1763)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 24 Antimo Liberati, Italian composer, dies at 74