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 miner's 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  • Feb 8 Enforcement Act repealed, making it easier to disenfranchise blacks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, If I Could be With You One Hour Tonight)
  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 8 Billy Bishop [William Bishop], Owen Sound, Ontario, Canadian First World War flying ace

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)
  • Feb 10 [Maurice] Harold MacMillan, (C) British PM (1957-63), born in London, England
  • 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