On This Day

What Happened in February 1712

Historical Events

  • Feb 29 February 29 is followed by February 30 in Sweden, in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Old style.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 28 Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, French military commander (d. 1759)

Famous Weddings

Peter the Great

Feb 19 Russian Tsar Peter the Great officially marries Polish-Lithuanian pre-marriedeasant Martha Skavronskaya at Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, having earlier married in secret in 1707

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Martin Lister, English naturalist and physician
  • Feb 12 Marie-Adélaïde of Savoy, mother of Louis XV of France, dies at 26
  • Feb 18 Louis, Duke of Burgundy, heir-apparent to the French throne, dies at 29
  • Feb 27 Bahādur Shah I, 7th Mughal Emperor of India, dies at 68