On This Day

What Happened in February 1816

Historical Events

  • Feb 13 -14] Teatro San Carlo in Naples destroyed by fire

Music Premiere

Feb 20 Gioachino Rossini's comic opera "Barber of Seville" premieres at the Teatro Argentina in Rome, Italy

Historic Event

Feb 27 Dutch regain Suriname from the French after the defeat of Napoleon


Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 17 Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, German composer and muscian, born in Reichenbach, Prussia (1887)
  • Feb 17 Haller Nutt, American rich Southern Plantation owner (Longwood house - largest octagonal house in the US), born at Laurel Hill Plantation, Mississippi (d. 1864)

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 29 Dutch (King) Willem II marries Russian grand-duchess Anna Paulowna

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 4 Meingosus Gaelle, composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 6 Maria Ludwika Rzewuska, Polish szlachcianka (b. 1744)
  • Feb 10 Johann Paul Aegidius Martini, composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 22 Adam Ferguson, Scottish sociologist and historian, dies at 92