On This Day

What Happened in February 1714

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 Nicholas Rowe's play "The Tragedy of Jane Shore" premieres in London
  • Feb 15 Parliament of Paris accepts Pope Clemens XI's "Unigenitus" decree

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Gottfried August Homilius, composer
  • Feb 22 Louis-Georges de Bréquigny, French historian (d. 1795)
  • Feb 25 Hyde Parker, 5th Baronet, British admiral (captured Spanish treasure galleon Santisima Trinidad), born in Tredington, England (d. 1782)
  • Feb 25 René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou, Chancellor of France (d. 1792)
  • Feb 26 James Hervey, English clergyman and writer (d. 1758)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 John Sharp, English Archbishop of York (1691-1714), dies at 68
  • Feb 4 Duke of Berry, French King Louis XIV's grandson, dies
  • Feb 14 Maria Luisa of Savoy, Queen consort of Spain to Philip V (1701-14), dies tuberculosis at 25
  • Feb 24 Edmund Andros, English governor in North America, dies at 76