On This Day

What Happened in February 1700

Historical Events

  • Feb 12 The Great Northern War begins in Northern Europe between Denmark–Norway, Saxony and Russia and the Swedish Empire.
  • Feb 19 Last day of Julian calendar in Denmark

Historic Event

Feb 27 English explorer William Dampier is the 1st British person to visit the Pacific Island of New Britain, which he names

  • Feb 28 Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 7 Philippe Buache, French geographer/cartographer (Contourlijnen)
  • Feb 8 Daniel Bernoulli, Dutch-Swiss mathematician, and physicist (10 time French Award), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1782)
  • Feb 23 Wilhelmus Schortinghuis, Dutch theologist (Profound Christianity)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 Diogo Dias Melgás, Portuguese composer of sacred polyphonic music, dies at 61
  • Feb 12 Aleksei Shein, Russian general and statesman (b. 1662)