On This Day

What Happened in February 1803

Historical Events

  • Feb 4 William Dunlap adapts French melodrama "Voice of Nature"
  • Feb 5 English explorer George Bass and crew set sail from Sydney to Tahiti and Chile - they're never seen again
  • Feb 14 Apple parer patented by Moses Coats, Downington, Pennsylvania

Historic Event

Feb 14 Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void

  • Feb 19 US Congress accepts Ohio's constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953
  • Feb 24 US Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison)
  • Feb 25 In the last significant act of the Holy Roman Empire, more than 100 German polities are abolished in a major internal reorganization
  • Feb 27 Great fire in Bombay, India

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Albert Sidney Johnston, Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • Feb 15 John Augustus Sutter, Swiss/US colonist (New Helvetia Ca, Sutter Mill)
  • Feb 20 Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich, Swiss pianist and composer, born in Brugg, Switzerland (d. 1836)
  • Feb 23 John Sutter, German-Swiss-American colonist who established Sutter's Fort in what is now Sacramento and where gold was first discovered in California, born in Kandern, Margraviate of Baden, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1880)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 Pedro Rodríguez de Campomanes y Pérez, 1st Count of Campomanes, Spanish economist and literary, dies at 79
  • Feb 9 Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French poet (b. 1716)
  • Feb 16 Giovanni Punto [Jan Václav Stich], Bohemian horn player and composer, dies at 56
  • Feb 18 J W L Gleim, writer, dies
  • Feb 20 Marie Dumesnil, French actress (Iphigénie en Aulide), dies at 90
  • Feb 21 Edward Despard, Irish born British officer, convicted for organising a conspiracy against the government and hung in front of a crowd of 20,000 in London