On This Day

What Happened in February 1746

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

British Prime Minister Henry Pelham
British Prime Minister
Henry Pelham
King of Great Britain and Ireland George II
King of Great Britain and Ireland
George II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Pretender to the British throne Bonnie Prince Charlie
Pretender to the British throne
Bonnie Prince Charlie
  • Feb 22 French troops conquer Brussels
  • Feb 22 Jacobite troops vacate Aberdeen
  • Feb 25 The Duke of Cumberland's troops occupy Aberdeen

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestTadeusz Kościuszko

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

Military Leader and Statesman Tadeusz Kościuszko
Military Leader and Statesman
Tadeusz Kościuszko
  • Feb 16 Johann Heinse, German Sturm und Drang novelist/art critic
  • Feb 26 Archduchess Marie Amalie of Austria, duchess of Piacenza (d. 1806)
  • Feb 27 Gian Francesco Fortunati, composer

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