The following events took place from 5-9 February in different years in the Versailles Century (1682-1789).
5 February, 1782
It was on this day 245 years ago that the British forces under General Murray agreed to surrender to the Spanish forces under the Duc de Crillon, who was in fact a Frenchman. They duly abandoned Fort St. Philip the next day and Minorca effectively returned to Spanish rule. They had lost Minorca to the British in the Seven Years’ War (1757-1763), and the desire to regain it was a major factor in Carlos III’s decision to join France in supporting the nascent United States in its war of independence against Britain.