What Happened in February 1885

Historical Events

  • Feb 5 News of fall of Khartoum reaches London
  • Feb 5 King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal colonial possession
  • Feb 9 1st Japanese arrive in Hawaii
  • Feb 12 Carl Peters founds German East-Africa Society

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Feb 17 Bismarck gives Carl Peters' firm management of East-Africa

German Statesman Otto Von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto Von Bismarck

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Feb 18 Mark Twain publishes the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in the US

Author Mark Twain
Mark Twain
  • Feb 21 Washington Monument dedicated (Washington, D.C.)
  • Feb 25 US Congress condemns barbed wire around government grounds
  • Feb 26 Congress of Berlin; gives Congo to Belgium & Nigeria to Great Britain

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Camille Chautemps, premier France
  • Feb 2 Aldo Palazzeschi, [Giurlani], Italian writer (I cavalli bianchi)
  • Feb 4 Cairine Ray Wilson, 1st female Canadian senator (appointed), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 7 Sinclair Lewis, novelist/social critic (Main Street, Nobel 1930)
  • Feb 9 Alban Maria Johannes Berg, a Lulu of a composer!, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 12 Licinio Refice, composer

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Feb 13 Elizabeth Virginia [Bess] Truman, US First Lady (1945-52)

US First Lady Bess Truman
US First Lady
Bess Truman
  • Feb 14 Syed Zafarul Hasan, Prominent Muslim Indian/Pakistani philosopher (d. 1949)
  • Feb 15 Richard Wurz, composer
  • Feb 17 Steve Evans, American baseball player (d. 1943)
  • Feb 21 Sacha Guitry, France, actor/playwright (Story of a Cheat)
  • Feb 24 Bert Lytell, actor (Henry-One Man's Family), born in NYC, New York

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Feb 24 Chester Nimitz, US admiral (commanded Pacific fleet in WW II)

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • Feb 24 Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israeli Knesset (1949-59)
  • Feb 24 Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski, Polish novelist/satirist (Black Wings)
  • Feb 24 Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer and painter (d. 1939)
  • Feb 25 Sylvia Brett, Lady Brooke and Ranee of Sarawak, born in London, England (d. 1971)
  • Feb 26 Lili Green, [Alice Sally Mary], Neth/Eng dancer
  • Feb 26 Aleksandras Stulginskis, President of Lithuania (d. 1969)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 14 Jules Vallès, French writer (b. 1832)
  • Feb 15 Leopold Damrosch, composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 18 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, English contralto and composer, dies at 61