On This Day

What Happened in February 1709

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued by William Dampier after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years, his story inspires "Robinson Crusoe

Explorer and Pirate William Dampier
Explorer and Pirate
William Dampier

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 16 Charles Avison, English composer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1770) baptismal date
  • Feb 24 Jacques de Vaucanson, French inventor (d. 1782)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 8 Giuseppe Torelli, Italian composer (Concerti Grossi), dies at 50
  • Feb 9 François Louis, Prince of Conti, French general, dies at 44
  • Feb 19 Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Japanese shogun (b. 1646)