What Happened in February 1889

Historical Events

  • Feb 7 Astronomical Society of Pacific holds 1st meeting in SF
  • Feb 8 Flood ravages Dutch coast
  • Feb 9 The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is established as a Cabinet-level agency.
  • Feb 11 Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890
  • Feb 12 Caesar Franck's Symphony in D premieres
  • Feb 12 Henrik Ibsen's "Fruen fra Haven" premieres in Oslo
  • Feb 14 1st train load of fruit (oranges) leaves LA for east
  • Feb 22 US President Cleveland signs bill to admit Dakotas, Montana & Washington state to the union

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Gertrude Caton-Thompson, British archaeologist (Zimbabwe, So Arabia)
  • Feb 3 Carl Theodor Dreyer, Danish director (Passion of Jeanne d'arc)
  • Feb 3 Risto Ryti, Finnish premier/president
  • Feb 4 Walter Catlett, actor (Front Page, Tale of 2 Cities), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 5 Elias Henry "Patsy" Hendren, cricketer (prolific England bat of 20's)
  • Feb 5 Ernest Tyldesley, cricketer (1st Lancastrian to score 100 100's)
  • Feb 5 Ioan Dumitru Chirescu, composer
  • Feb 6 Karel Wellens, Flemish painter
  • Feb 6 Siegfried Kracauer, writer
  • Feb 7 Harry Nyquist, important contributor to information theory (d. 1976)
  • Feb 10 Howard Spring, British author/novelist/writer/critic (O Absalom)
  • Feb 11 John Mills, dancer (Mills Brothers)
  • Feb 11 Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, composer
  • Feb 17 H[aroldson] L Hunt, Texas oil multi-millionaire
  • Feb 18 Sybold van Ravesteyn, architect (Blijdorp, CS Rotterdam, Utrecht)
  • Feb 19 Jose Eustasio Rivera, Colombia, poet/novelist (Vortex)
  • Feb 20 Levko Mykolayevich Revutsky, composer
  • Feb 21 Felix Aylmer, actor (Anastasia, Hamlet, Iron Duke, Macbeth, St Joan)
  • Feb 22 Robin G Collingwood, English philosopher (Roman Britain)
  • Feb 22 Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guide (d. 1977)
  • Feb 23 Cyril Delevanti, England, actor (Lucius-Jefferson Davis, Black Eye)
  • Feb 23 Frederik M baron of Asbeck, Dutch lawyer (League of Nations)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 23 Victor Fleming, American film director ("Wizard of Oz", "Gone with the Wind"), born in Pasadena, California (d. 1949)

Director Victor Fleming
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Victor Fleming
  • Feb 23 Musidora, French actress and director (d. 1957)
  • Feb 25 Homer S. Ferguson, United States Senator (d. 1982)
  • Feb 28 Victor Sutherland, actor (Captive City), born in Paducah, Kentucky

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Joseph Gungl, composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 3 Belle Starr, US female gangster, murdered at 40
  • Feb 12 Andrew Greenwood, cricketer (batted in Eng's 1st 2 Tests 1877), dies
  • Feb 13 João Maurício Wanderley, Brazilian magistrate and politician (b. 1885)
  • Feb 26 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (b. 1838)