On This Day

February 1807 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 3 A British military force, under Brigadier-General Sir Samuel Auchmuty captures the city of Montevideo in the Battle of Montevideo, then part of the Spanish Empire now capital of Uruguay (Napoleonic Wars)

Battle of Interest

Feb 8 Battle of Eylau ends inconclusively between Napoleon's forces and Russian Empire - 1st battle Napoleon isn't victorious

  • Feb 9 The Grand Sanhedrin (Jewish high court) is convened by Napoleon Bonaparte to give legal sanction to the principles in the Assembly of Notables
  • Feb 10 US Coast Survey authorized by Congress
  • Feb 19 British squadron under Admiral Duckworth attempts to force passage of Dardanelles

Historic Event

Feb 19 US Vice President Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later acquitted

  • Feb 24 17 die & 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty & Elizabeth Godfrey in England

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 William Bowen Campbell, American politician and Civil War Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Sumner County, Tennessee (d. 1867)

Joseph E. Johnston

Feb 3 Joseph E. Johnston, American military officer (senior officer in Confederate Army and United States Army), born in Farmville, Virginia (d. 1891)

  • Feb 8 Franciscus J. van Vree, Dutch Catholic foreman
  • Feb 8 Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, English sculptor and naturalist, born in Bloomsbury, London (d. 1894)
  • Feb 10 Abner Clark Harding, American politician and Civil War Brigadier General (Union Army), born in East Hampton, Connecticut (d. 1874)
  • Feb 13 Bartolomea Capitanio, Italian teacher, co-foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Lovere, and saint, born in Lovere, Bergamo, Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy (d. 1833)
  • Feb 16 Lysander Cutler, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Royalston, Massachusetts (d. 1866)
  • Feb 25 George Trenholm, South Carolina plantation owner, Secretary of the Treasury for the Confederate States, (d. 1876)
  • Feb 27 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (Song of Hiawatha), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1882)

Weddings in History

Martin Van Buren

Feb 21 US President Martin Van Buren (24) weds high school sweetheart Hannah Hoes (23) in Catskill, New York

Deaths in History

  • Feb 5 Pasquale Paoli, Corsican freedom fighter, dies at 80
  • Feb 18 August Gottlieb Meißner, German Enlightenment author who helped develop the detective story genre in German literature, dies at 53
  • Feb 18 Sophie von Laroche, German writer (History of Lady Sophia Sternheim), dies at 75