What Happened in February 1723

Famous Birthdays

John Witherspoon

Feb 5 John Witherspoon, Scottish-American president of the College of New Jersey who signed the Declaration of Independence, born in Gifford, Scotland (d. 1794)

  • Feb 17 Tobias Mayer, German astronomer "method of lunars" for longitude determination, born in Marbach (d. 1762)
  • Feb 21 Louis-Pierre Anquetil, French historian (d. 1808)
  • Feb 23 Richard Price, Welsh philosopher (d. 1791)
  • Feb 24 John Burgoyne, British general (surrendered at Saratoga during the American Revolutionary War), born in Sutton, England (d. 1792)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Antonio M Valsalva, Italian anatomist, dies at 66

Christopher Wren

Feb 25 Christopher Wren, English astronomer and architect (St. Paul's Cathedral), dies at 90

  • Feb 26 Thomas d'Urfey, English songwriter and playwright who helped evolve ballad opera, dies at around 69-70