On This Day

What Happened in February 1780

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Johannes van den Bosch, gov-gen (Neth East Indies)
  • Feb 9 Walenty Karol Kratzer, composer
  • Feb 19 Friedrich H von der Hagen, German germanist (Nibelungenlied)
  • Feb 19 Richard McCarty, American politician, born in Coeymans, New York (d. 1844)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestWilliam Blackstone

Feb 14 William Blackstone, English jurist (Blackstone's Commentaries), dies at 56

  • Feb 17 Andreas Felix von Oefele, German historian and librarian, dies at 73
  • Feb 18 Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lithuanian poet (b. 1714)
  • Feb 22 Francesco III d'Este, Duke of Modena & Reggio, dies at 81