What Happened in February 1888

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 Frank Sprague opens the first successful U.S. electric street railway system, the Richmond Union Passenger Railway, in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 22 John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans (Yonkers NY)
  • Feb 24 Louisville, Ky, becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting forms)
  • Feb 28 Ferry in San Pablo Bay explodes
  • Feb 28 Vincent d'Indy's Wallenstein-trilogy, premieres

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Candelario Huizar, composer
  • Feb 2 Frank Lloyd, Scotland, actor/director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist)
  • Feb 2 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (d. 1969)
  • Feb 3 Joris Baers, Flemish bibliography/founder (Boekengids)
  • Feb 4 Paul Althaus, German theologist (The Christian Truth)
  • Feb 6 Ljudmil Stojanow, Bulgarian poet (Metsh i Slowo, Cholera)
  • Feb 8 Edith Evans, British actress (Tom Jones, David Copperfield), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • Feb 8 Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch composer/music critic
  • Feb 10 Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italian poet (Hermeticism) and journalist, born in Alexandria (d. 1970)
  • Feb 13 Georgios Papandreou, Greek prefect of Lesbos/minister/premier
  • Feb 13 Heintje Davids, [Hendrika], Dutch revue star
  • Feb 17 Henrietta "Hetty" Beck, Dutch hearing actress (Bouwmeester Award), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • Feb 17 Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Stern-Gerlach-experiment, Nobel 1943)
  • Feb 17 Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, British priest, broadcaster and author (Viaduct Murder), born in Kibworth Leicestershire, England (d. 1957)
  • Feb 19 Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (d. 1949)
  • Feb 20 Georges Bernanos, French novelist (Diary of a Country Priest)
  • Feb 20 Marie Rambert, English ballet producer/director/teacher, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Feb 21 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Religious Build Up)
  • Feb 21 Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (d. 1965)
  • Feb 22 Owen Brewster, American politician (d. 1961)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 25 John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1959)

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • Feb 27 Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (Der Rosenkavalier, Fidelio), born in Perleberg Germany (d. 1976)
  • Feb 27 Roberto Assagioli, Italian psychiatrist (d. 1974)
  • Feb 27 Earl Caddock, American professional wrestler (d. 1950)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 5 Anton Mauve, Dutch painter, cousin of Vincent Van Gogh, dies at 49
  • Feb 11 William Kelly, American inventor (pneumatic process of steelmaking), dies at 76
  • Feb 13 Jean Baptiste Lamy, 1st Archbishop of Santa Fe (1853-85), dies at 73