On This Day

What Happened in February 1814

Historical Events

Historic Publication

Feb 1 Lord Byron's "Corsair" sells 10,000 copies on day of publication

  • Feb 1 Volcano Mayon on Luzon Philippines erupts killing 1,200

Victory in Battle

Feb 10 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Champaubert, the French beat the Russians

  • Feb 11 Norway's independence proclaimed
  • Feb 17 Battle of Mormant: French Imperial army defeat Russian Austrian forces (War of the Sixth Coalition)
  • Feb 18 The Battle of Montereau; victory of French under Napoleon Bonaparte against Austrians and Württembergers under the King of Württemberg.
  • Feb 25 Australia's first currency - the holey dollar introduced, made of Spanish 'pieces of eight' with the centers stamped out, for the colony of New South Wales [1]

Music Premiere

Feb 27 Ludwig van Beethoven's 8th Symphony in F premieres

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 7 Gardner Quincy Colton, American lecturer who was the first to use nitrous oxide as an anesthetic in dentistry, born in Georgia, Vermont
  • Feb 9 Samuel Jones Tilden, philanthropist for NY Public Library
  • Feb 18 Samuel Fenton Cary, U. S. Congressman (d. 1900)
  • Feb 21 Nicolo Gabrielli, Italian opera composer, born in Naples, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (d. 1891)
  • Feb 22 Oskar Kolberg, Polish ethnographer, folklorist, and composer (Lud), born in Przysucha, Poland (d. 1890)
  • Feb 25 Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian national poet and painter, born in Moryntsi, Ukraine (d. 1861) [OS]
  • Feb 26 Charles Joseph Sainte-Claire Deville, French geologist (d. 1876)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 Jan Antonín Koželuh, Czech composer, dies at 75
  • Feb 13 Georg Augustin Holler, German composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 26 Johan Tobias Sergel, Swedish sculptor, dies at 73