What Happened in February 1898

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 1st auto insurance policy in US issued, by Travelers Insurance Co
  • Feb 8 John Ames Sherman patents 1st envelope folding & gumming mach (Mass)
  • Feb 11 Owen Smith of NC, AME Zion minister, named US minister to Liberia
  • Feb 15 USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown, 258 sailors die
  • Feb 22 Black postmaster lynched, his wife & 3 daughters shot in Lake City SC
  • Feb 23 In France, Emile Zola is imprisoned for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing government of anti-Semitism & wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Josephina J "Fien" de la Mar, Dutch actress (Theatre De la Mar)
  • Feb 3 Alvar Aalto, Finland, architect (Finlandia House)
  • Feb 3 Paul Urysohn, Russian mathematician
  • Feb 7 Dock Boggs, American musician (d. 1971)
  • Feb 10 Bertolt Brecht, German poet and playwright (Mother Courage), born in Augsburg, Bavaria (d. 1956)
  • Feb 10 Joseph Kessel, French journalist/writer (Army of the Shadows)
  • Feb 10 Judith Anderson, Adelaide Aust, actress (Laura, Rebecca, Tycoon)
  • Feb 10 Robert Keith, Fowler IN, actor (Battle Circus, Branded, Wild One)
  • Feb 11 Leo Szilard, Hungary, physicist/A-bomb worker/peace activist
  • Feb 12 Wallace Ford, [Samuel Jones Grundy], Batton England, actor (Deputy)
  • Feb 12 [Le]Roy Harris, Oklahoma, composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
  • Feb 13 Neville Pearson, English publisher
  • Feb 14 Fritz Zwicky, Swiss astronomer (supernova, dark matter)
  • Feb 15 Toto, (Antonio de Curtis), Naples Italy, actor (Motorizzate, Noi Duri)
  • Feb 15 Allen Woodring, American runner (d. 1982)
  • Feb 16 Katharine Cornell, actress (Barretts of Wimpole St)
  • Feb 17 Tom Lowry, cricketer (NZ batsman in seven Tests & their 1st Test capt)
  • Feb 18 Enzo Ferrari, racing car manufacturer, Modena
  • Feb 18 K'Tut Tantri, broadcaster/hotelier
  • Feb 18 Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet (d. 1980)
  • Feb 19 Lauwrens Voorthuyzen, [Lou de Palingboer], Dutch sect leader
  • Feb 21 Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet dancers/choreographer (Gayaneh)
  • Feb 22 Anton de Kom, Surinam/Dutch worker's union leader/resistance fighter
  • Feb 23 Reinhard Herbig, German archaeologist
  • Feb 24 Kurt Tank, German WW II aircraft designer
  • Feb 25 William Thomas Astbury, English physicist/chemist (textiles)
  • Feb 26 Julien de Valckenaere, Flemish writer
  • Feb 27 Allison Danzig, sports writer (Tennis Pictorial History)
  • Feb 27 Rutkowski Bronislaw, composer
  • Feb 28 Molly Picon, Yiddish actress (Milk & Honey)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 16 Thomas Bracken, New Zealand poet (b. 1843)
  • Feb 18 Frances Willard, founder (Woman's Christian Temperance), dies at 58