On This Day

February 1781 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 3 Dutch West Indies island of St Eustatia taken by British

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 9 Johann Baptist von Spix, German scientist (d. 1826)
  • Feb 17 René Laënnec, French physician who invented the stethoscope, born in Quimper, France (d. 1826)
  • Feb 18 Henry Martyn, Truro, missionary

Deaths in History

  • Feb 4 Willem Crul, British admiral (West-Indies), dies in battle during the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War at 59
  • Feb 15 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Saxon playwright/critic, dies at 52
  • Feb 23 George Taylor, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (for Pennsylvania), dies at about 64 or 65
  • Feb 24 Edward Capell, English critic, dies at 67
  • Feb 28 Richard Stockton, American attorney and signer of Declaration of Independence, dies at 50