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Events in History in February 1783

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 William Herschel announces star Lambda Herculis as apex

Astronomer William Herschel
William Herschel
  • 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

Battle of InterestGreat 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

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Detailed view of combat during the siege
Detailed view of combat during the siege
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