On This Day

What Happened in February 1776

Historical Events

Theater Premiere

Feb 8 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's play "Stella" premieres in Hamburg

Historic Publication

Feb 17 1st volume of Edward Gibbon's seminal work "The Decline and Fall of Roman Empire" published


Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 11 Ioannis Kapodistrias, Greek diplomat of the Russian Empire and first head of state of independent Greece (d. 1831)
  • Feb 18 John Parry [Bardd Alaw], Welsh composer and harpist, born in Denbigh (d. 1851)
  • Feb 21 Vincenzo Lavigna, Italian composer, born in Altamura (d. 1836)
  • Feb 23 John Walter II, chief proprietor (The Times, 1812-47), born in London, England