What Happened in February 1899

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital (Canberra) between Sydney and Melbourne.
  • Feb 4 The Philippine-American War begins with fighting between American and Philippine revolutionary forces
  • Feb 6 Spanish-American War ends, peace treaty ratified by Senate
  • Feb 10 -39°F (-39°C), Milligan, Ohio (state lowest record temperature)
  • Feb 10 Treaty of Paris which ended the Spanish-American War is signed by President McKinley; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico & Guam
  • Feb 11 -15°F (-26°C), Washington, D.C. (district record)
  • Feb 11 -61°F, Montana (record low temperature)
  • Feb 12 -47°F (-44°C), Camp Clarke, Nebraska (state record)
  • Feb 12 1st 2-man team 6-day bicycle race in US begins, Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Feb 13 -16°F (-27°C), Minden Louisiana (state record)
  • Feb 13 -1°F (-18°C) New Orleans, La
  • Feb 13 -2°F (-19°C) Tallahassee, Florida (state record)
  • Feb 14 US Congress begins using voting machines
  • Feb 16 Pelham Warner scores 132 on Test Cricket debut (Eng v SA Johannesburg)
  • Feb 16 President of France Félix Faure dies in office.
  • Feb 16 Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur Iceland's first football club is founded.
  • Feb 18 80°F recorded in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 18 SF named as a port of dispatch for Army transports
  • Feb 18 Stanley Cup: Mont Shamrocks sweep Queens U (Kingston Ont) in 2 games
  • Feb 20 Ill Tel & Tel granted franchise for Chicago freight tunnel system
  • Feb 24 Western Washington University is established.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Benny Rubin, actor/comedian (Benny Rubin Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 3 Doris Speed, actress (Annie-Coronation Street)
  • Feb 3 Forrest "Red" DeBernardi, basketball hall of famer (elected 1961)
  • Feb 3 João Café Filho, Brazilian president (d. 1970)
  • Feb 3 Lao She, Chinese writer (d. 1966)
  • Feb 6 Ramon Novarro, [Jose RG Samaniegos], Durango Mexico, actor (Ben Hur)
  • Feb 7 Arvid Pelshe, Latvian Communist leader, CPSU Politburo member
  • Feb 12 Albert Huybrechts, composer
  • Feb 14 John Randall Jr, Michigan, historian/philosopher (Western Man)
  • Feb 15 Gale Sondergard, Litchfield Mn, actress (Cat & Canary, Road to Rio)
  • Feb 15 Georges Auric, Lodve France, Composer
  • Feb 15 Lillian Disney, wife of animator Walt Disney, born in Spalding, Idaho (d. 1997)
  • Feb 18 Arthur Bryant, English historian (King Charles II)
  • Feb 19 Yury Olesha, Russian novelist (d. 1960)
  • Feb 20 Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, LI NY, founder (Pan Am Airways)
  • Feb 20 Leon Woizikowski, Polish dancer/ballet master (Ballets Russes)
  • Feb 22 Dwight Frye, Salina KS, actor (Black Camel, Dracula, Frankenstein)
  • Feb 22 George O'Hara, American actor (d. 1966)
  • Feb 22 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (d. 1986)
  • Feb 23 Erich Kästner, German writer (d. 1974)
  • Feb 23 Norman Taurog, American film director (Skippy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • Feb 24 Jacob Presser, Dutch historian/writer (Down-fall)
  • Feb 25 Leo J Weisgerber, German linguist
  • Feb 26 Max Petitpierre, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1994)
  • Feb 27 Charles Herbert Best, Washington County, Maine, American-Canadian physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin)
  • Feb 27 Ian Keith, actor (Rochefort-3 Musketeers), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 27 Sulo Nikolai Salonen, composer
  • Feb 28 Frederick Denison Maurice Hocking, pathologist

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 10 Future US President Herbert Hoover (24) marries college sweetheart Lou Henry (24) in Monterey California

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 6 Georg Leo earl von Caprivi, German chancellor, dies at 67
  • Feb 6 Prince Prince Alfred of Edinburgh (b. 1874)
  • Feb 11 George Morgan, 1st English motorist to die in an motor accident, dies
  • Feb 16 Francois Félix Faure, president of France (1895-99), dies at 57
  • Feb 18 M Sophus Lie, Norwegian mathematician, dies at 56
  • Feb 25 Paul Julius von Reuter, German-born founder of Reuters news agency, dies at 82