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 This day in History - February 2
491 Historic Events for February 2
1660

Jean BG duke of Orl‚ans, brother of French king Louis XIII, dies at 51

Death
1669

Louis Marchand, composer

Birth
1673

Kaspar Forster, composer, dies at 56

Death
1685

Charles II, King of England/Scotland/Ireland (1660-85), dies at 54

Death
1704

Guillaume F A de l'Hospital, French mathematician, dies at about 62

Death
1709

British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years, his story inspires "Robinson Crusoe"

Event
1714

Gottfried August Homilius, composer

Birth
1714

Nicholas Rowe's "tragedy of Jane Shore," premieres in London

Event
1723

Antonio M Valsalva, Italian anatomist, dies at 66

Death
1731

Georg F H„ndels opera "Poro," premieres in London

Event
1732

King Frederik Willem I moves Lutherans towards East-Prussia

Event
1742

British Walpole govt resigns

Event
1748

Christian Gottfried Thomas, composer

Birth
1750

Johann Graf, composer, dies at 65

Death
1762

Thomas Arnes opera "Artaxerxes," premieres in London

Event
1769

Clement XIII, [Carlo Rezzonico], Pope (1758-69), dies at 75

Death
1773

Vincenc Tomas Vaclav Tucek, composer

Birth
1779

Georg Philipp Kress, composer, dies at 59

Death
1780

Johannes van den Bosch, gov-gen (Neth East Indies)

Birth
1789

Armand-Louis Couperin, Fren composer/organist (Notre Dame), dies at 63

Death
1793

William Aiton, English botanist (Kew Gardens), dies at 61

Death
1795

Joseph Haydns 102nd Symphony in B, premieres

Event
1798

Federal St Theater, Boston, becomes 1st in US destroyed by fire

Event
1802

Jean-Baptiste JD Boussingault, French chemist

Birth
1802

1st leopard exhibited in US, Boston (admission 25›)

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