On This Day

What Happened in February 1783

Historical Events

Historic Event

Feb 1 William Herschel announces star Lambda Herculis as apex

  • Feb 3 Spain recognizes US independence
  • Feb 4 Worst quake in 8 years kills some 50,000 in Calabria, Italy
  • Feb 5 Earthquakes ravage Calabria, killing 30,000
  • Feb 5 Sweden recognizes US independence

Great Siege of Gibraltar

Feb 7 Great Siege of Gibraltar launched by France and Spain against the British colony during American War of Independence is lifted after 3 years and 7 months

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 9 Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet (d. 1852)
  • Feb 11 Jarena Lee, African American travelling minister
  • Feb 15 Johann Nepomuk Poissl, Bavarian composer, born in Rattiszell, Bavaria (d. 1865)
  • Feb 21 Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian painter (VP: Imperial Academy of Arts 1828-68), born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1873)
  • Feb 21 Princess Catharina of W├╝rttemberg, Queen consort of Westphalia (d. 1835)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 6 Lancelot "Capability" Brown, English landscape architect who designed over 170 parks, dies at about 67
  • Feb 10 James Nares, British organist, harpsichord player and scared music composer, dies at 67