What Happened in February 1883

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 French Lt-Colonel Gustave Borgnis-Desbordes reaches Bamako on the Niger
  • Feb 7 Lt-colonel Borgnis-Desbordes founds Fort Bamako, Niger
  • Feb 8 Louis Waterman begins experiment to invent the fountain pen
  • Feb 10 Fire at un-insured New Hall Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, kills 71
  • Feb 14 1st state labor union legislation; New Jersey legalizes unions
  • Feb 16 "Ladies Home Journal" begins publishing
  • Feb 17 A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
  • Feb 21 2nd French government of Ferry begins
  • Feb 23 Alabama becomes 1st US state to enact an antitrust law
  • Feb 23 American Anti-Vivisection Society organized (Philadelphia)
  • Feb 27 Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine
  • Feb 28 1st US vaudeville theater opens (Boston)

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Jevgeni B Vachtangov, Armenian/Russian actor/director (Eric XIV)
  • Feb 2 Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, composer
  • Feb 2 S Z Sakall, Hungarian stage and film character actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca), born in Budapest Hungary (d. 1955)
  • Feb 3 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter
  • Feb 3 Clarence Mulford, Ill, western writer (Hopalong Cassidy)
  • Feb 7 Paul de Backer, Belgian radiologist
  • Feb 8 Joseph A Schumpeter, Austria/US economist/minister of finance
  • Feb 11 Paul August von Klenau, Danish composer/conductor (Sulamith)
  • Feb 12 Ludwig Stossel, Austrian actor (Man With a Camera)
  • Feb 13 Bainbridge Crist, composer
  • Feb 13 Harold "Hal" Chase, baseball player/manager
  • Feb 15 Sax Rohmer (real name Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward), English author of Dr Fu Manchu novels (d. 1959)
  • Feb 16 Elizabeth Craig, British writer (d. 1980)
  • Feb 18 Tom Walls, Kingsthorpe England, actor/producer (Undercover)
  • Feb 20 Shiga Naoya, Japan, novelist (Road Through Dark Night)
  • Feb 21 J M M "Mick" Commaille, cricketer (dual South African cricket/soccer rep)
  • Feb 22 Alfred Wikenhauser, German RC exegetist (John-Apokalyps)
  • Feb 22 Jaroslav Kocian, composer
  • Feb 22 Marguerite Clark, American silent film actress (Snow White), born in Avondale, Cincinnati (d. 1940)
  • Feb 23 Karl Jaspers, Oldenburg Germany, existentialist philosopher
  • Feb 25 Princess Alice of Albany, Countess of Athlone (d. 1981)
  • Feb 26 Erich R Jaensch, German psychologist (eidetism)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Pavel Melnikov, Russian historian/author, dies
  • Feb 13 Pavel Melnikov, [Petsjerski], Russian historian, dies at 64

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Feb 13 Wilhelm Richard Wagner, composer, dies at 69

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  • Feb 17 Napoleon Coste, composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 17 Vasudeo Balwant Phadke, Indian revolutionary (b. 1845)
  • Feb 26 Alexandros Koumoundouros, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1817)