What Happened in February 1894

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 US warship Kearsarge wrecked on Roncador Reef, near Solomon Island
  • Feb 3 1st US steel sailing vessel, Dirigo, launched at Bath, Maine
  • Feb 5 Female suffrage organization in Amsterdam forms
  • Feb 7 The Cripple Creek miners' strike, led by the Western Federation of Miners, begins in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
  • Feb 8 Enforcement Act repealed, making it easier to disenfranchise blacks
  • Feb 12 Anarchist Émile Henry hurls a bomb into Paris's Cafe Terminus, killing one and wounding 20.
  • Feb 14 Venus is both a morning star & evening star
  • Feb 16 British troops occupy Ilorin, Gold Coast
  • Feb 24 Nicaragua captures Tegucigalpa, Honduras (National Day, sort of)

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 James P. Johnson, American pianist and composer (Charleston), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1955)
  • Feb 3 Norman Rockwell, US, artist/illustrator (Sat Evening Post covers)
  • Feb 6 Eric Partridge, New Zealand lexicographer (d. 1979)
  • Feb 8 Ludwig Marcuse, German philosopher
  • Feb 8 King Vidor, American film director (War & Peace, Stella Dallas), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1982)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 8 Billy Bishop, Canadian First World War flying ace, born in Owen Sound, Ontario (d. 1956)

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • Feb 10 Roy D'Arcy, SF, actor (Warning Shadows, Revolt of Zombies)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 10 Harold Macmillan, British Conservative politician, Prime Minister (1957-63), born in London (d. 1986)

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
  • Feb 11 Alfonso Leng, composer
  • Feb 11 Isaac M Kolthoff, chemist (Massenanalyse)
  • Feb 14 Jack Benny, [Benjamin Kubelski], Waukegan Ill, "Oh! Rochester!"
  • Feb 15 Oswaldo Aranha, Brazil, lawyer/statesman (1st President of UN)
  • Feb 19 Herb Pennock, hall of fame pitcher (Yankees, 243 career wins)
  • Feb 22 Alexander Spitzmuller-Harmersbach, composer
  • Feb 25 Ernst Friedrich, Breslau Germany, pacifist (War Against War!)
  • Feb 25 Howard Wendell, Poland, actor (4 Skulls of Jonathan Drake)
  • Feb 25 Meher Baba, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1969)
  • Feb 27 Robert-Lucien Siohan, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 4 Antoine J "Adolphe" Sax, instrument maker (saxophone), dies at 79
  • Feb 11 Pasqual Juan Emilio Arrieta y Corera, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 12 Hans von Bülow, German pianist and composer (b. 1830)
  • Feb 13 Franjo Racki, Croatian historian/politician, dies at 65
  • Feb 14 Eugène Charles Catalan, Belgian mathematician (b. 1814)
  • Feb 19 Ernesto Camillo Sivori, composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 21 Gustave Caillebotte, French shipbuilding designer/painter, dies at 45
  • Feb 25 James Morrison Steele Mackaye, US actor/author/director, dies at 51