On This Day

What Happened in February 1766

Historical Events

  • Feb 11 Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia
  • Feb 14 Dutch governor Falck and King Keerthisiri Rajasinghe of Kandy sign Treaty of Batticaloa

Famous Birthdays

Thomas Malthus

Feb 13 Thomas Malthus, British economist and demographer (Law of Malthus), born in Guildford, England (d. 1834)

  • Feb 24 Samuel Wesley, British organist and composer referred to as "The English Mozart" (Exultate Deo), born in Bristol, England

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 5 Leopold Joseph Graf Daun, Austrian field marshal, dies at 60
  • Feb 23 Stanislaw Leszcynski, duke of Lutherans/king of Poland, dies
  • Feb 26 August Bernhard Valentin Herbing, German organist and composer, dies at 30