What Happened in February 1893

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Puccini's Opera "Manon Lescaut" premieres in Turin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Thomas Edison completes worlds 1st movie studio at West Orange, New Jersey

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • Feb 2 1st movie close-up (of a sneeze), Edison studio, West Orange, NJ
  • Feb 5 Alfred Naess skates world record 500m (49.4 sec)
  • Feb 9 Canal builder De Lesseps & others sentenced to prison for fraud

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 9 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Falstaff" premieres in Milan

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Feb 22 1st Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 32-22 in Birmingham
  • Feb 24 The American University is chartered by an act of the Congress of the United States of America.
  • Feb 26 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Mich
  • Feb 26 Einar Halvorsen skates world record 500m (48 sec)
  • Feb 28 Edward Acheson, Penn, patents an abrasive he names "carborundum"

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Cornelius Lanczos, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1974)
  • Feb 2 Raoul Riganti, Argentine racing driver (d. 1970)
  • Feb 3 Gaston Julia, French mathematician (d. 1978)
  • Feb 4 Bernard Rogers, American composer (Warrior, Marriage of Aude, Passion), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 4 Raymond Dart, Australian paleoanthropologist (Australopithecus africanus), born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 1995)

Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart
Paleoanthropologist
Raymond Dart
  • Feb 5 Roman Ingarden, Polish philosopher (Studia philosophica)
  • Feb 6 Muhammad Zafrulla Khan, President of UN General Assembly (1962-63)
  • Feb 8 Ba Maw, Burmese politician (d. 1977)
  • Feb 10 Jimmy Durante, American long-nosed comedian (and goodnight Mrs Calabash), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 10 William [Bill] T Tilden II, tennis player (US Open 1920-25, 29)
  • Feb 11 Johan C P Alberts, Dutch literary (Festival)
  • Feb 12 Marcel G J Minnaert, Dutch astronomer
  • Feb 12 Omar Bradley, General of Army WW II (GI General)
  • Feb 13 Ana Pauker-Rabensohn, Romania, communist/foreign minister (1945-52)
  • Feb 14 Kay Fisker, Danish architect (Hornbeck House, Copenhagen)
  • Feb 15 Harm H Kamerlingh Onnes, painter/etcher/ceramist
  • Feb 15 Walter Donaldson, US pianist/composer (Girl Crazy, Whoopee)
  • Feb 16 Ivor Armstrong Richards, England, literary critic [OS]
  • Feb 17 Wally Pipp, American baseball player (d. 1965)
  • Feb 19 Cedric Hardwicke, Stourbridge England, actor (Peter Pan, Richard III)
  • Feb 19 Pietro Pancrazi, Italian critic (Scrittori d'Oggi)
  • Feb 20 Russel Crouse, journalist/novelist/playwright (Life with Father)
  • Feb 20 Elizabeth Holloway Marston, American psychologist (d. 1993)
  • Feb 21 Andres Segovia, Linares Spain, classical guitarist, (d. 1987)
  • Feb 21 Vsevolod Pudovkin, Soviet film director/theorist (Mother, Deserter)
  • Feb 26 Ivor A "I A" Richards, English poet/critic (Meaning of Meaning) [NS]
  • Feb 26 William Frawley, Burlington, Iowa, American actor (I Love Lucy, Bub-My 3 Sons)
  • Feb 27 Joseph Messner, composer
  • Feb 27 Ralph Linton, US cultural anthropologist (Tree of Culture)
  • Feb 28 Ben Hecht, American novelist/playwright/screenwriter (Front Page), born in NYC, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 George Henry Sanderson, Mayor of San Francisco (b. 1824)
  • Feb 13 Ignacio M Altamirano, Mexican author (El Zarco), dies at 58
  • Feb 18 Serranus Clinton Hastings, American politician (b. 1814)
  • Feb 20 P.G.T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (b. 1818)