On This Day

What Happened in February 1784

Historical Events

  • Feb 4 1st unmanned balloon flight in Ireland
  • Feb 22 1st US ship to trade with China, "Empress of China", sails from NY

Historic Event

Feb 28 John Wesley charters Methodist Church

Historic Event

Feb 29 Marquis de Sade transferred from Vincennes fortress to the Bastille


Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 3 John Fane, British politician, diplomat (11th Earl of Westmoreland), and composer (Royal Academy of Music, 1830), born in Piccadilly, London (d. 1859)
  • Feb 5 Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of Abraham Lincoln, born in Hampshire County, West Virginia (d. 1818)
  • Feb 20 Adam Black, politician/publisher, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Feb 27 Elias Annes Borger, Dutch theologist/poet (To the Rhine)
  • Feb 27 Job Plimpton, American composer and organ builder, born in Medway, Massachusetts (d. 1863)
  • Feb 29 Leo von Klenze, German architect (New Hermitage), born in Buchladen (d. 1864)

Famous Weddings

Ethan Allen

Feb 16 American Revolutionary War patriot Ethan Allen (46) weds second wife Frances Montresor Brush Buchanan

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 24 Anton Laube, Bohemian composer, dies at 65