On This Day

What Happened in February 1792

Historical Events

  • Feb 7 Austria & Prussia sign anti-French covenant
  • Feb 7 Domenico Cimarosa's opera "Il Matrimonio Segreto" premieres in Vienna
  • Feb 20 US postal service created, postage 6-12 cents depending on distance
  • Feb 21 US Congress passes Presidential Succession Act
  • Feb 23 Joseph Haydn's 94th Symphony in G premieres
  • Feb 23 Humane Society of Massachusetts incorporated (erected life-saving stations for distressed mariners)

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 8 Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, queen of Hungary and Bohemia (d. 1873)
  • Feb 12 Ferdinand de Braekeleer, Belgian painter
  • Feb 19 Roderick Murchison, Muir of Ord Ross-shire, Scottish Geologist (Silurian system)
  • Feb 20 Eliza Courtney, English illegitimate daughter of Charles Grey and Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, born in Aix-en-Provence (d. 1859)
  • Feb 23 Istvan Ferenczi, Hungarian sculptor
  • Feb 27 Don Joaquin B F Espartero, Spanish adventurer/fieldmarshal
  • Feb 28 Karl Earnest Ritter von Baer, Estonian German embryologist

Gioachino Rossini

Feb 29 Gioachino Rossini, Italian composer (Barber of Seville), born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 1839)

  • Feb 29 Karl Ernst von Baler, Russian naturalist (discovered human ovum)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 23 Joshua Reynolds, English portrait painter (Simplicity), dies at 68