What Happened in February 1778

Historical Events

  • Feb 6 Britain declares war on France
  • Feb 6 France recognizes USA, signs Treaty of Alliance in Paris, 1st US treaty

Historic Event

Feb 10 Voltaire returns to Paris to great acclaim after an absence of 28 years

  • 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), born in Zakynthos Island, Greece (d. 1827)
  • Feb 12 Franz Joseph Volkert, Austrian composer, conductor and organist, born in Vienna (d. 1845)
  • Feb 14 Fernando Sor, Spanish classical guitarist, and composer (Twelve Studies), baptized in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1839)
  • Feb 22 Rembrandt Peale, American portrait and historical painter (Margaret Irvine Miller ,1805; Court of Death, 1820), and museum keeper (Baltimore), born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1860)

José 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)


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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