On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 1796

Famous Birthdays

  • Giovanni Pacini, Italian composer of opera (Saffo), born in Catania, Sicily (d. 1867)
  • Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (d. 1866)

Famous Deaths

  • James Macpherson, Scottish writer and poet, dies at 59
1796 Highlights

About February 17, 1796

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 224 years, 8 months and 5 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Aquarius