On This Day

What Happened in February 1794

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 4 French National Convention proclaims abolition of slavery

Politician and Revolutionary Georges Danton
Politician and Revolutionary
Georges Danton
  • Feb 10 Joseph Haydn's 99th Symphony in E premieres
  • Feb 11 1st session of US Senate open to the public
  • Feb 14 1st US textile machinery patent granted, to James Davenport, Philadelphia
  • Feb 26 Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen burns down
  • Feb 28 US Senate voids Pennsylvania's election of Abraham Gallatin

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 12 Alexander Petrov, Russian chess player (d. 1867)
  • Feb 20 William Carleton, Irish novelist (d. 1869)

Person of interestSanta Anna

Feb 21 Antonio López de Santa Anna, President of Mexico who dominated Mexican history in the first half of the 19th century, born in Xalapa, Veracruz (d. 1876)

Mexican Politician and General Santa Anna
Mexican Politician and General
Santa Anna
  • Feb 25 Gerrit Schimmelpenninck, Dutch earl of Nijenhuis/Peckedam