On This Day

What Happened in February 1786

Historical Events

  • Feb 13 Abraham Baldwin selected president of University of Georgia

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Feb 24 Charles Cornwallis appointed governor-general of India

General and Colonial Administrator Charles Cornwallis
General and Colonial Administrator
Charles Cornwallis

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Jacques Philippe Marie Binet, French mathematician (d. 1856)
  • Feb 16 Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (d. 1859)

Person of interestWilhelm Grimm

Feb 24 Wilhelm Grimm, German story teller (Grimm's Fairy Tales), born in Hanau, Hesse-Cassel, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1859)

  • Feb 24 Martin W. Bates. U.S. Senator from Delaware (d. 1869)
  • Feb 28 Fran├žois Arago, French astronomer, physicist and politician, born in Estagel, France (d. 1853)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 20 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, German composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 28 John Gwynn, English architect and engineer (b. 1713)