On This Day

What Happened in February 1776

Historical Events


Music releaseTheater Premiere

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

Social Philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Social Philosopher
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Historian Edward Gibbon
Historian
Edward Gibbon

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, composer
  • Feb 23 John Walter II, chief proprietor (The Times, 1812-47), born in London, England