On This Day

What Happened in February 1793

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 France declares war on Great Britain and Netherlands
  • Feb 1 Patent granted Ralph Hodgson, NY, for oiled silk & linen
  • Feb 11 Prussian troops occupy Venlo, Netherlands
  • Feb 12 1st US fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves
  • Feb 24 French troops conquer Breda

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 6 Pietro Rovelli, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1838)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 William Wildman Shute Barrington, British statesman, dies at 76
  • Feb 2 William Aiton, English botanist (Kew Gardens), dies at 61
  • Feb 6 Carlo Goldoni, Italian playwright and librettist (Belisario, Servant of Two Masters), dies at 85