On This Day

What Happened in February 1789

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Chinese troops driven out of Vietnam capital Thang Long

Election of Interest

Feb 4 1st US electoral college chooses George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice President

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Hippolyte-André-Baptiste Chélard, French violist, composer and conductor, born in Paris (d. 1861)
  • Feb 8 Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer, German composer and pianist, born in Potsdam (d. 1878)
  • Feb 9 Franz Xaver Gabelsberger, German inventor of the stenography (d. 1849)
  • Feb 15 Friedrich Fesca, German violinist, and composer, born in Magdeburg, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1826)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Armand-Louis Couperin, French composer and organist (Notre Dame), dies at 63

Ethan Allen

Feb 12 Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), dies of an apoplectic fit at 51

  • Feb 19 Nicholas Van Dyke, American lawyer and President of Delaware, dies at 50