On This Day

What Happened in February 1777

Historical Events

  • Feb 5 Georgia becomes 1st US state to abolish both entail and primogeniture

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Feb 12 Captain James Cook arrives at Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand, aboard Resolution, on his 3rd trip to Pacific Ocean

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Feb 13 Marquis de Sade arrested without charge, imprisoned in Vincennes fortress

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Feb 14 US Congress commissions Benjamin Lincoln a major general in the Continental Army

Historic Event

Feb 16 Charles Messier adds M53 to his catalog (globular cluster in Coma Berenice)

  • Feb 21 British ambassador Joseph Yorke demands dismissal of Governor John de Graaff for saluting US flag

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 12 Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, German poet (d. 1843)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 9 Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (b. 1706)
  • Feb 24 Joseph, King of Portugal (1750-77), dies at 62