On This Day

What Happened in February 1745

Historical Events

  • Feb 15 Colley Cibbers "Papal Tyranny" premieres in London

Historic Event

Feb 18 Bonnie Prince Charlie's troops occupy Inverness, Scotland

  • Feb 20 Jacobite troops occupy Fort Augustus, Scotland

Famous Birthdays

Alessandro Volta

Feb 18 Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist and inventor of the 1st battery, born in Como, Italy (d. 1827)

  • Feb 20 Johann Peter Salomon, German violinist, composer, conductor, and musical promoter (Hadyn), baptized in Bonn, Germany (d. 1815)
  • Feb 20 Henry James Pye, English poet, British Poet Laureate (1790-1813), born in London (d. 1813)
  • Feb 22 Joao de Sousa Carvalho, composer
  • Feb 27 Silverius Muller, Austrian composer, priest, and educator, born in Oberhöflein, Holy Roman Empire (now Austria) (d. 1812)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 5 Coelestin Praelisauer, German organist, composer, and monk, dies at 49
  • Feb 18 Nicola Fago, Italian baroque composer, dies at 67