On This Day

What Happened in February 1787

Historical Events


USAArticles of Confederation

Feb 2 Arthur St. Clair is elected the 9th President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation

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The Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States of America
The Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States of America
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  • Feb 4 1st Anglican bishops of NY & Pennsylvania consecrated in London
  • Feb 4 Shays' Rebellion (of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers) fails
  • Feb 18 Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II bans children under 8 from labor
  • Feb 28 The charter establishing the institution now known as the University of Pittsburgh is granted

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 13 James P Carrell, American hymn composer, born in Washington County, Virgina (d. 1854)
  • Feb 16 Andreas Schelfhout, Dutch painter/etcher/lithographer
  • Feb 23 Emma Willard, American women's rights activist and educator who founded the 1st school for women's higher education in the US, born in Berlin, Connecticut (d. 1870)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 12 Ruggiero Boscovich, Italian physicist, astronomer and philosopher, dies at 75
  • Feb 13 Ruđer Bošković, Croatian scientist and diplomat (b. 1711)
  • Feb 13 Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat, dies at 67