On This Day

What Happened in February 1771

Historical Events

Historic Event

Feb 12 Gustav III becomes the King of Sweden after the death of predecessor Adolf Frederick

Historic Event

Feb 16 Charles Messier presents his original list of 45 M-objects to French Academy

  • Feb 19 Charles Messier adds M46-M49 to his catalog (galactic clusters in Puppis & Hydra & galaxy in Virgo)

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 9 Daniel Belknap, American composer, born in Framingham, Massachusetts (d. 1815)
  • Feb 18 Friedrich Christian Ruppe, composer and violinist, brother of Christian Friedrich Ruppe
  • Feb 24 Johann Baptist Cramer, German/British pianist/composer/publisher
  • Feb 28 French Jozef Kinsoen, Flemish portrait painter

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 12 Adolf Frederik, King of Sweden (1751-70), dies at 60
  • Feb 20 Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist, dies at 92