On This Day

What Happened in February 1782

Historical Events

  • Feb 5 British garrison in Menorca (western Mediterranean) surrenders to French and Spanish fleet as part of the American Revolutionary War
  • Feb 13 French fleet occupies St Christopher
  • Feb 21 US Congress resolves establishment of a US mint

Historic Invention

Feb 23 Engineer James Watt's patent for a rotary motion for the steam engine (his sun-and-planet gear) is granted

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 9 Joseph Aloysius Assemani, Syrian orientalist (b. 1710)
  • Feb 10 Friedrich Christoph Oetinger, German Lutheran theologian, dies at 79