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

Philosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade
Philosopher and Writer
Marquis de Sade

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

Military Leader Benjamin Lincoln
Military Leader
Benjamin Lincoln
  • Feb 16 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