What Happened in February 1900

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 3 Rival forces fight for control of the Union Park ball grounds in Balt
  • Feb 3 Gubernatorial candidate William Goebel is assassinated in Frankfort, Kentucky.
  • Feb 5 British troops under Gen Buller occupy Vaal Krantz, Natal
  • Feb 5 The United States and the United Kingdom sign treaty for Panama Canal
  • Feb 6 The Battle of Vaal Krantz, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • Feb 7 British troops vacate Vaal Krantz, Natal
  • Feb 9 Dwight Davis established a new tennis trophy, the Davis Cup
  • Feb 10 Peter Ostlund skates world record 500m (45.2 sec)
  • Feb 14 Date of events in movie "Picnic at Hanging Rock"
  • Feb 14 Russia responds to international pressure to free Finland by tightening imperial control over the country.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 15 Boer War: Siege of Kimberley broken by British troops under Lieutenant-General John French after a 124 day siege. Kimberley defense was led by Cecil Rhodes.

British Businessman and Imperialist Politician Cecil Rhodes
British Businessman and Imperialist Politician
Cecil Rhodes
  • Feb 16 1st Chinese daily newspaper in US publishes (Chung Sai Yat Po-SF)
  • Feb 16 Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks beat Winnipeg Victorias, 3 games to 1
  • Feb 18 Ajax soccer team forms in Amsterdam
  • Feb 18 Battle at Paardeberg, 1,270 British killed/injured
  • Feb 18 British troops occupy Monte Christo, Natal
  • Feb 19 British troops occupy Hlangwane, Natal
  • Feb 22 Battle at Wynne's Hill, South-Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • Feb 22 Hawaii became a US territory
  • Feb 23 Battle at Hart's Hill, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • Feb 23 Steamer "Rio de Janeiro" sinks in SF Bay
  • Feb 27 Battle at Pietershoogte during the Boer War
  • Feb 27 Boer General Cronjé surrenders to British in Pardenberg, South Africa
  • Feb 27 In London, the Trades Union Congress and the Independent Labour Party (formed in 1893) meet, resulting in a Labour Representative Committee and eventually the modern Labour Party in 1906
  • Feb 28 General Buller's troops relieve Ladysmith Natal

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Stephen Potter, humorist/writer (School for Scoundrels, Shipbuilders)
  • Feb 2 Asa Smith Bushnell Jr, Springfield Ohio, Sec of US Olympics (1945-65)
  • Feb 2 Willie Kamm, MLB third baseman (d. 1988)
  • Feb 2 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, born in Salem, New Jersey (d. 1988)
  • Feb 3 Mabel Mercer, English cabaret vocalist (Fly Me to the Moon)
  • Feb 5 Adlai E Stevenson, (Gov-D-Ill), presidential candidate (D) (1952, 1956)
  • Feb 6 Roy Smeck, guitarist/banjoist
  • Feb 6 Rudolf Vornlund, Swedish playwright (Heliga Familjen)
  • Feb 8 Guy Douglas Hamilton Warrack, composer
  • Feb 8 John Cameron, Scottish judge, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Feb 8 Ivan Ivanov-Vano Soviet animator and Russian animation director (d. 1987)
  • Feb 11 Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher
  • Feb 11 Thomas Hitchcock Jr, great polo player (Westchester Cup 1924,27,30,39)
  • Feb 11 Josei Toda, Japanese educator (d. 1958)
  • Feb 12 Fred Emney, actor (Let the People Sing, Lilac Domino), born in London, England
  • Feb 16 Albert Maurice Hackett, playwright/screenwriter
  • Feb 19 Giorgos Seferis, writer
  • Feb 20 Antonio Veretti, composer
  • Feb 20 Graham Spry, St Thomas Ontario, Canadian radio pioneer
  • Feb 21 Madeleine Renaud, French actress/theater director (Plaisir)
  • Feb 21 Sydney Arnold, English comic/actor (Miss Jones & Son)
  • Feb 22 Giorgios Seferis, Greece, poet (Nobel 1963)
  • Feb 22 Seán Ó Faoláin [John Whelan], Irish short story writer (Murder at Cobbler's Hulk)
  • Feb 22 Luis Buñuel, Calanda Spain, Spanish surrealist film director (Belle de Jour)
  • Feb 23 Elinor Remick Warren, composer
  • Feb 25 Jed Harris, producer/director (Billy Rose Show, Operation Mad Ball)
  • Feb 26 Jean Negulesco, Romanian-American film director (How to Marry a Millionaire), born in Craiova, Dolj (d. 1993)
  • Feb 28 Laura Z Hobson, writer
  • Feb 28 Wolfram Hirth, German pilot (d. 1959)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 Ottokar Eugen Novacek, composer, dies at 33
  • Feb 16 George Labram, US mine engineer in South Africa, dies in battle
  • Feb 18 Clinton L. Merriam, American politician (b. 1824)
  • Feb 18 Eugenio Beltrami, Italian Mathematician (non-Euclidean geometry), dies at 64
  • Feb 23 William Butterfield, architect of the Gothic revival, dies