What Happened in February 1744

Historical Events

  • Feb 8 French and Spanish fleet leave Toulon
  • Feb 9 Battle at Toulon (French/Spanish vs English fleet of Adm Matthews)
  • Feb 22 Battle of Toulon or Battle of Cape Sicié: British vs. French & Spanish fleet

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 5 John Jeffries, colonial physician and meteorologist
  • Feb 6 Pierre-Joseph Desault, French anatomist & surgeon, born in Vouhenans, France (d. 1795)
  • Feb 9 Amos Bull, American composer (The Responsary), born in Enfield, Connecticut (d. 1825)
  • Feb 21 Eise Eisinga, Frisian amateur astronomer (built the oldest functioning planetarium in the world in his house at Franeker), born in Dronryp, Dutch Republic (d. 1828)
  • Feb 23 Mayer Amschel Rothschild, German Jewish banker and founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty, born in Frankfurt (d. 1812)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 14 John Hadley, English mathematician and inventor (octant), dies at 61
  • Feb 15 František Václav Míča, Czech conductor and composer, dies at 49
  • Feb 29 John Theophilus Desaguliers, French-British natural philosopher and freemason, dies at 60