On This Day

Historical Events in February 1771

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Feb 12 Gustav III becomes the King of Sweden after the death of predecessor Adolf Frederick

King of Sweden Gustav III
King of Sweden
Gustav III
  • Feb 16 Messier presents his original list of 45 M-objects to French Academy
  • Feb 19 Messier adds M46-M49 to his catalog (galactic clusters in Puppis & Hydra & galaxy in Virgo)