On This Day

February 1709 in History

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued by William Dampier after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years, his story inspires "Robinson Crusoe

Explorer and Pirate William Dampier
Explorer and Pirate
William Dampier

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 24 Jacques de Vaucanson, French inventor (d. 1782)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 9 François Louis, Prince of Conti, French general, dies at 44
  • Feb 19 Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Japanese shogun (b. 1646)