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Births on this Day
  • 1791-02-01 - Charles J Sax: Belgian music instrument builder
  • 1801-02-01 - Adolf Fredrik Lindblad: Composer
  • 1801-02-01 - Thomas Cole: United States -- Romantic landscape painter (Hudson River School)
  • 1805-02-01 - Auguste Blanqui: France -- Revolutionary (workers' leader)
  • 1807-02-01 - William Bowen Campbell: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1867
  • 1810-02-01 - Charles Lenox Remond: Salem, Massachusetts -- Famous black
  • 1819-02-01 - Henry Lawrence Eustis: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1885
 

Deaths on this Day
  • 1691-02-01 - Alexander VIII [Pietro Ottoboni]: Italian Pope (1689-91), dies at 80
  • 1691-02-01 - George Etherege: English stage writer (Love in a Tub), dies at 56
  • 1694-02-01 - John L baron van Elderen: 63rd Bishop of Liege (1688-94), dies at 73
  • 1733-02-01 - August II [the Strong]: King of Poland (355 children), dies at 62
  • 1743-02-01 - Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni: Italian composer, dies at 85
  • 1747-02-01 - Jacobus E J Capitein: Dutch slave / vicar / merchant
  • 1795-02-01 - Giacomo Insanguine: Composer, dies at 66
 

Events on this Day
  • 1783-02-01 - William Herschel announces star Lambda Herculis as apex
  • 1788-02-01 - 1st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs and Longstreet
  • 1789-02-01 - Chinese troops driven out of Vietnam capital Thang Long
  • 1790-02-01 - Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (NYC)
  • 1793-02-01 - France declares war on England and Netherlands
  • 1793-02-01 - Patent granted Ralph Hodgson, NY, for oiled silk and linen
  • 1809-02-01 - Dutch King Louis Napoleon accepts metric system
 

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