What Happened in February 1778

Historical Events

  • Feb 5 Articles of Confederation ratified by 2nd state, South Carolina
  • Feb 6 Britain declares war on France
  • Feb 6 France recognizes USA, signs Treaty of Alliance in Paris, 1st US treaty
  • Feb 14 "Stars & Stripes" arrives in foreign port for 1st time (France)
  • Feb 23 Baron von Steuben joins Continental Army at Valley Forge
  • Feb 28 Rhode Island General Assembly authorizes enlistment of slaves

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 4 A. P. de Candolle, Swiss botanist (d. 1841)
  • Feb 6 Ugo Foscolo, Italian poet (Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis)
  • Feb 12 Franz Joseph Volkert, composer
  • Feb 14 Fernando Sor, Spanish composer, baptized in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1839)
  • Feb 22 Rembrandt Peale, portrait/historical painter (Court of Death)

Person of interestJosé de San Martín

Feb 25 José de San Martín, Argentine General, liberated Argentina, Chile and Peru from Spanish rule, born in Yapeyú, Argentina (d. 1850)

Revolutionary Leader José de San Martín
Revolutionary Leader
José de San Martín

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 15 Johann Gottlieb Gorner, German composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 18 Joseph Marie Terray, French statesman (b. 1715)
  • Feb 20 Laura Bassi, Italian physicist and scholar, dies at 66