On This Day

Famous People Who Died in February 1779

  • Feb 2 Georg Philipp Kress, German violinist and composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 7 William Boyce, English organist/composer (Cathedral Music), dies from gout at about 69

Person of interestJames Cook

Feb 14 James Cook, British explorer, navigator and cartographer, discovered and explored Australia, Pacific Islands and New Zealand for Britain, killed in a fight with Hawaiians near Kealakekua at 50

Explorer James Cook
Explorer
James Cook
  • Feb 20 Johannes Burman, Dutch botanist, plant author and physician, dies at 71
  • Feb 24 Paul Daniel Longolius, German encylopedist (editor of Grosses vollst√§ndiges Universal-Lexicon), dies at 74
  • Feb 27 Jan Nepveu, Dutch governor of Suriname (1769-79), dies at 59