On This Day

What Happened in February 1803

Historical Events

  • Feb 4 William Dunlap adapts French melodrama "Voice of Nature"
  • Feb 14 Apple parer patented by Moses Coats, Downington, Pennsylvania

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall
  • 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 Frohlich, composer

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 Jan V clav Stich, Bohemian 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, last person drawn & quartered in England