On This Day

What Happened in February 1774

Historical Events

  • Feb 10 Andrew Becker demonstrates diving suit
  • Feb 22 British House of Lords rules authors do not have perpetual copyright

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 11 Hans J√§rta, Swedish political activist (d. 1847)
  • Feb 15 Frederik, prince of Orange-Nassau, son of William V, born in the Hague, Netherlands (d. 1799)
  • Feb 16 Pierre Rode, French composer and violinist, born in Bordeaux, Aquitaine (d. 1830)
  • Feb 17 Raphaelle Peale, American painter (After the Rain-1823)
  • Feb 24 Prince Adolphus, 1st Duke of Cambridge (d. 1850)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 4 Charles Marie de La Condamine, French mathematician and geographer (b. 1701)
  • Feb 10 Florian Leopold Gassmann, Bohemian composer, dies at 44