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

James CookJames Cook (1728-1779)

Feb 14 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

  • 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