What Happened in February 1884

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 1st volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published
  • Feb 7 Canadian Rugby Football Union forms
  • Feb 18 General Charles Gordon arrives in Khartoum

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 Police seize all copies of tolstoy's "What I Believe In"

Novelist Leo Tolstoy
Novelist
Leo Tolstoy
  • Feb 19 Tornadoes in Miss, Ala, NC, SC, Tenn, Ky & In kill 800 people
  • Feb 26 British & Portuguese treaty signed in Congo by Leopold II

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Yevgeny Zamyatin, Russian novelist/playwright (We)
  • Feb 2 Julis Deutsch, Austria politician/General Spanish rep army
  • Feb 4 Julius Callewaert, Flemish dominican/bringing up children
  • Feb 4 Rolland Beaumont, cricketer (South African batsman in 5 tests 1912-14)
  • Feb 8 Reginald Baker, Australian athlete and actor (d. 1953)
  • Feb 9 Frederik Gerretson, [Geerten Gossaert], Dutch poet/politician)
  • Feb 10 Herbert Hordern, cricketer (pioneering leggie for Aust & Philadelphia)
  • Feb 10 Frederick Hawksworth, GWR Chief mechanical engineer. (d. 1976)
  • Feb 12 Max Beckmann, German painter/graphic artist
  • Feb 12 Marie Vassilieff, Russian artist (d. 1957)
  • Feb 12 Johan Laidoner, Estonian military commander (d. 1953)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 13 Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (invented the Erector Set), born in Salem, Oregon (d. 1961)

  • Feb 14 Hezekiah M. Washburn, missionary (d. 1972)
  • Feb 14 Joe Jagersberger, Austrian racing driver (d. 1952)
  • Feb 14 Kostas Varnalis, Greek poet (d. 1974)
  • Feb 16 Robert Flaherty, Father of documentary film (Nanook of North), born in Iron Mountain, Michegan (d. 1957)
  • Feb 17 Arthur Vanderpoorten, Flemish minister of Internal affairs (1940)
  • Feb 18 Burt Mustin, actor ("All in the Family", "The Andy Griffith Show"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 18 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (d. 1970)
  • Feb 22 Abraham "Abe" Attell, boxing hall of famer
  • Feb 23 Frank Cellier, Surbiton England, actor (Quiet Wedding, Big Blockade)
  • Feb 23 Herman Courtens, Belgian painter
  • Feb 26 Christina A A [Dina] Koudijs-van Appeldoorn, pianist/composer
  • Feb 26 Dina Appeldoorn, composer
  • Feb 26 Hildo Krop, Dutch modernistic sculptor
  • Feb 29 Alfred Sendrey, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 8 Arnold Henry Guyot, Swiss-American geologist, geographer and meteorologist, dies at 76
  • Feb 14 Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt, 1st wife of Theodore Roosevelt, dies of Bright's disease at 22
  • Feb 21 John Pike Hullah, English composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 23 Tambo Tambo, Australian aboriginal/US circus attaction, dies at 23