On This Day

What Happened in February 1772

Historical Events

  • Feb 12 Yves de Kerguelen of France discovers Kerguelen Archipelago, India
  • Feb 17 1st Partition of Poland signed in Vienna by Austria, Prussia and Russia

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 18 Giovanni Battista Brocchi, Bassano del Grappa, Italian Geologist
  • Feb 22 Joseph Lipavsky, composer
  • Feb 22 Karl Jacob Wagner, composer
  • Feb 26 Caspar Fürstenau, German flautist and composer, born in Münster (d. 1819)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 8 Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales by marriage to Frederick, Prince of Wales, dies at 52
  • Feb 10 Joseph Wenzel I, Prince of Liechtenstein and general, dies at 75
  • Feb 18 Johann Hartwig Ernst, Count von Bernstorff, Danish statesman (b. 1712)