What Happened in February 1874

Historical Events


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Feb 12 Hawaii King David Kalakaua is 1st king to visit the US as guest of Ulysses S. Grant at 1st US state dinner at the White House

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant

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Feb 21 Benjamin Disraeli succeeds William Gladstone as British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
British Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli
British Prime Minister William Gladstone
British Prime Minister
William Gladstone
  • Feb 21 Oakland Daily Tribune begins publication
  • Feb 23 Major Walter Clopton Winfield patents a game called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis)
  • Feb 27 Baseball 1st played in England at Lord's Cricket Ground

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Austria, poet/dramatist/essayist
  • Feb 3 Franklyn Dyall, actor (Easy Virtue), born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 3 Gertrude Stein, Penn, author (Autobiography of Alice B Toklas)
  • Feb 6 Milton Bennett Medary, US, architect (Washington Chapel)
  • Feb 9 Amy Lowell, US poet/critic (Patterns, Sword Blades & Poppy Seed)
  • Feb 9 Vsevolod Meyerhold, Russian theatrical director/actor (Houligan)
  • Feb 11 Elsa Beskow, [Maartman], Swedish children's book/fairy tales author
  • Feb 11 Fritz Bennicke Hart, composer
  • Feb 13 Hendrik Spiekman, Dutch politician (social-democratic)
  • Feb 15 Emilis Melngailis, composer

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Feb 15 Ernest Shackleton, British-Irish polar explorer (Endurance, Antarctica), born in Kilkea, Ireland (d. 1922)

Polar Explorer Ernest Shackleton
Polar Explorer
Ernest Shackleton
  • Feb 16 Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (d. 1935)
  • Feb 17 Thomas J Watson, US, representative/founder (IBM)
  • Feb 20 Mary Garden, Aberdeen Scotland, opera star
  • Feb 22 Bill Klem, American baseball umpire (d. 1951)
  • Feb 23 Konstantin P├Ąts, Estonian PM (1921-23, 1932-33), dictator (1933-40)

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Feb 24 Honus Wagner, American baseball shortstop (Pittsburgh Pirates, 1900-17), born in Chartiers, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • Feb 26 Carl Vogler, Swiss composer, born in Oberrohrdorf (d. 1958)
  • Feb 28 Soledad Jiminez, Santander Spain, actor (Phantom ofthe Range)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 Lunalilo, Hawaiian monarch (b. 1835)
  • Feb 8 David F Strauss, German theologist, dies at 66
  • Feb 9 Jules Michelet, French historian (History of France), dies at 75
  • Feb 17 [Lambert] Adolphe J Quetelet, Belgium astronomer/sociologist, dies at 77
  • Feb 24 Anselmo Clave, composer, dies at 49