What Happened in February 1887

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Harvey Wilcox of Ks subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California & starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)
  • Feb 2 In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed.
  • Feb 3 To avoid disputed national elections, the US Congress creates Electoral Count Act
  • Feb 4 Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation of railroads

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 5 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" premieres at La Scala in Italy

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Feb 5 Snow falls on San Francisco
  • Feb 8 Aurora Ski Club of Red Wing, Minn became the 1st US ski club
  • Feb 8 Under the Dawes Act indians living apart from tribe granted citizenship
  • Feb 8 The Dawes Act authorized the President of the United States to survey Native American tribal land and divide it into individual allotments.
  • Feb 14 Cubs sell Mike King Kelly to Boston for record $10,000
  • Feb 16 1st newspaper convention (Rochester NY)
  • Feb 16 Eduard Douwes Dekker writes his last text (Lf8-c5)
  • Feb 20 1st minor league baseball association organizes (Pittsburgh)
  • Feb 20 Germany, Austria-Hungary & France end Triple Alliance
  • Feb 21 1st US bacteriology laboratory opens (Brooklyn)
  • Feb 21 Oregon becomes 1st US state to make Labor Day a holiday
  • Feb 22 Union Labor Party organized in Cincinnati
  • Feb 23 Congress grants Seal Rocks to SF
  • Feb 23 French/Italian Riviera struck by Earthquake; 2,000 die
  • Feb 26 George Lohmann took 1st 8-wkt haul in Test Crickets, 8-35 at SCG

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Dirk Roosenburg, Dutch architect
  • Feb 1 Charles Nordhoff, English-born author (d. 1947)
  • Feb 2 Ernst Hanfstängl, German pianist and politician (d. 1975)
  • Feb 3 Carlo Jachino, composer
  • Feb 3 Georg Trakl, Austrian poet (Autumn of the Lonely)
  • Feb 3 Silvio d'Amico, Italian theater critic (Tramonto del grande attore)
  • Feb 3 Juan Negrín, Spanish Prime Minister (d. 1956)
  • Feb 6 Josef Frings, German Archbishop of Cologne (d. 1978)
  • Feb 7 Eubie Blake, US ragtime composer/pianist (Memories of You) (d. 1983), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Feb 9 Henry Zimmerman, baseball player (1912-batted .372 with 14 HRs)
  • Feb 9 Vital Celen, Flemish writer (Puppy Love)
  • Feb 10 [Fran J] Vital Celen, Flemish literary/author [or Feb 9]
  • Feb 11 John van Melle, South African writer (Dawid Booysen)
  • Feb 13 Alvin York, famed US soldier with 25 kills in WW I
  • Feb 15 H M Bateman, Sutton Forest NSW, cartoonist
  • Feb 16 Kathleen Clifford, American actress (d. 1962)
  • Feb 17 Leevi Antti Madetoja, composer
  • Feb 18 Nikos Kasandsakis, Heraklion, Crete, Greek writer and philosopher (Zorba the Greek, The Last Temptation of Christ)
  • Feb 20 David McKinley Williams, composer
  • Feb 20 Hesketh Pearson, England, biographer/playwright (Writ for Libel)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 20 Vincent Massey, Governor General of Canada, born in Toronto, Ontario

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey
  • Feb 21 Savielly [Xavier] G Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • Feb 22 Mary Ellen Chase, educator/author (Windswept, 1959 Sarah Hale Award)
  • Feb 23 Oskar Frederik Lindberg, composer
  • Feb 24 Mary Ellen Chase, US linguistic/author (White Gate)
  • Feb 25 Leonard Carey, England, actor (Laughter)
  • Feb 26 Benegal Narsing Rau, India, President of UN Security Council (1950)
  • Feb 26 Grover Cleveland Alexander, HOF baseball pitcher (Phillies, Cubs)
  • Feb 26 Stefan Grabinski, Polish writer (d. 1936)
  • Feb 27 James D Innes, English painter
  • Feb 28 William Zorach, Lithuania, US sculptor (Spirit of the Dance)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 10 Ellen Wood, English author (Pomeroy Abbey), dies at 73
  • Feb 10 Pieter JBCR van der Aa, Dutch geographer, dies at 54
  • Feb 15 Alexander Borodin, composer, dies
  • Feb 19 Multatuli [Eduard Douwes Dekker], Dutch writer (Max Havelaar), dies at 66
  • Feb 27 Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin, Russian composer, dies at 53