What Happened in February 1897

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Shinhan Bank, the oldest bank in South Korea, opens in Seoul.
  • Feb 5 Marcel Proust meets Jean Lorrain in a pistol duel
  • Feb 10 NY Times begins using slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print"
  • Feb 11 White Rose Mission opens on East 97th Street, NYC
  • Feb 17 National Organization of Mothers forms (Parent Teacher Association)

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Feb 17 Emilio Aguinaldo and a group of katipuneros defeat Spanish forces led by General Camilo de Polavieja at the Battle of Zapote Bridge in Cavite

Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Denise Robins, romantic novelist (1st Long Kiss), born in London, England
  • Feb 2 Howard Johnson, American hotelier (d. 1972)
  • Feb 2 Aimé Avignon, France's former oldest living man (d. 2007)
  • Feb 4 Ludwig Erhard, chancellor of Germany (CDU)
  • Feb 5 Dirk U Stikker, director (Heineken)/Dutch foreign minister/NATO
  • Feb 6 Alberto [de Almeida] Cavalcanti, Brazil, director (Nicholas Nickleby)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 6 Louis Buchalter, Jewish American mobster (Murder, Inc.), born in NYC, New York

  • Feb 7 Quincy Porter, composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Feb 9 Charles Edward Kingsford-Smith, pioneer Australian aviator
  • Feb 10 John Franklin Enders, Conn, microbiologist (polio-Nobel 1954)
  • Feb 11 Yves de La Casiniere, composer
  • Feb 12 Vola Vale, American actress (d. 1970)
  • Feb 14 Jorgen Bentzon, composer
  • Feb 15 Earl H Blaik, Det, college football hall of fame coach (elected 1965)
  • Feb 17 Johan[nes A] Kaart, Dutch actor/stage manager (My Fair Lady)
  • Feb 18 Charles Kuentz, WW1 veteran, changed nationality 4 times (d.2005)
  • Feb 19 Alma Rubens, American actress (d. 1931)
  • Feb 20 Ivan Albright, Illinois, painter (Door, Window)
  • Feb 21 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Soylent Green, T'Pau-Star Trek)
  • Feb 22 Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (d. 1947)
  • Feb 27 Bernard F Lyot, French astronomer (Lyot filter)
  • Feb 27 G Paul H Schuitema, graphic designer/photographer (System-O-Color)
  • Feb 27 Marian Anderson, American contralto (d. 1993)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Constantin von Ettingshausen, Austrian geologist (b. 1826)
  • Feb 5 Hoss Radbourn, pitcher won 60 games in 1884, dies at 42
  • Feb 6 Ebenezer C Brewer, British writer (Dictionary of Phrase & Fable), dies
  • Feb 7 Galileo Ferraris, Italian physicist (Ferrari), dies at 49
  • Feb 19 Karl T Weierstrass, German mathematician, dies at 81
  • Feb 23 Woldemar Bargiel, composer, dies at 68