On This Day

February 1771 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

Feb 16 Charles Messier presents his original list of 45 M-objects to French Academy

  • Feb 19 Charles Messier adds M46-M49 to his catalog (galactic clusters in Puppis & Hydra & galaxy in Virgo)

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 28 French Jozef Kinsoen, Flemish portrait painter

Deaths in History

  • Feb 12 Adolf Frederik, King of Sweden (1751-70), dies at 60
  • Feb 20 Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist, dies at 92