On This Day

What Happened in February 1746

Historical Events

Historic Event

Feb 10 The Pelham brothers resign from the British government, but resume office when King George II backs down.

Historic Event

Feb 21 Jacobite Rising 1745: British forces surrender Inverness Castle to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite forces

  • Feb 22 French troops conquer Brussels
  • Feb 22 Jacobite troops vacate Aberdeen
  • Feb 25 The Duke of Cumberland's troops occupy Aberdeen

Famous Birthdays

Tadeusz Kościuszko

Feb 4 Tadeusz Kościuszko, Polish-Lithuanian Military Leader and statesman considered a national hero, born in Mereczowszczyzna, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1817)

  • Feb 16 Johann Heinse, German Sturm und Drang novelist/art critic
  • Feb 26 Archduchess Marie Amalie of Austria, Duchess and de facto ruler of Parma, daughter of Maria Therese of Austria and sister of Marie Antoinette, born in Vienna (d. 1806)
  • Feb 27 Gian Francesco Fortunati, Italian opera composer and maestro di cappella of Parma, born in Parma, Duchy of Parma (now Italy) (d. 1821)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 4 Robert Blair, Scottish poet (The Grave), dies at 46
  • Feb 20 Guillaume Coustou Sr, French sculptor (Mary Leszczynska), dies at 68
  • Feb 28 Hermann von der Hardt, German historian, dies at 85