What Happened in February 1742

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Sardinia and Austria sign alliance

Historic Event

Feb 2 British government of Robert Walpole resigns

  • Feb 9 Sir Robert Walpole, often referred to as the first British Prime Minister, ennobled as 1st Earl of Orford

Election of Interest

Feb 16 Spencer Compton becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain (First Lord of the Treasury)


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 22 Charles Rivington, English publisher (b. 1688)
  • Feb 28 Willem 's-Gravesande, Dutch mathematician and physicist, dies at 53