On This Day

What Happened in February 1791

Historical Events

Historic Event

Feb 17 Charles Messier catalogs M83 (spiral galaxy in Hydra)

  • Feb 25 1st Bank of US chartered

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Charles-Joseph Sax, Belgian music instrument builder of wind and brass instruments whose son invented the saxophone, born in Dinant, Wallonia, Belgium (d. 1865)
  • Feb 12 Jan D Zocher Jr., Dutch garden architect (Vondelpark, Amsterdam)
  • Feb 12 Peter Cooper, American industrialist, inventor and philanthropist (Cooper Union, steam locomotive), born in NYC, New York (d. 1883)
  • Feb 20 Carl Czerny, Czech-Austrian pianist, composer (Schule der Virtuosen), and teacher, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1857)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 16 Richard earl d'Alton, Austria general of S Neth, commits suicide at 58