On This Day

Historical Events in February 1783

Historic Event

Feb 1 William Herschel announces star Lambda Herculis as apex

  • Feb 3 Spain recognizes US independence
  • Feb 4 Worst quake in 8 years kills some 50,000 in Calabria, Italy
  • Feb 5 Earthquakes ravage Calabria, killing 30,000
  • Feb 5 Sweden recognizes US independence

Great Siege of Gibraltar

Feb 7 Great Siege of Gibraltar launched by France and Spain against the British colony during American War of Independence is lifted after 3 years and 7 months