What Happened in February 1902

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 China's empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman's feet
  • Feb 1 Hermann Sudermanns "Es lebe das Leben" premieres in Berlin
  • Feb 1 US Secretary of State Hay protests granting Russia exclusive privileges in China, on ground that it runs contrary to the 'open door' policy granting all nations equal rights there
  • Feb 6 Young Women's Hebrew Association organizes in NYC
  • Feb 11 Police beat up universal suffrage demonstrators in Brussels
  • Feb 15 Berlin U-Bahn (Underground railway) opened
  • Feb 17 A general strike in Barcelona and nearby towns leads to government-troop reprisals that leave 40 dead
  • Feb 18 Opera "Hunchback of Notre Dame" premieres in Monte Carlo
  • Feb 20 Heavy surf breaks over Seal Rocks & damages Sutro Baths, SF
  • Feb 21 Dr Harvey Cushing, 1st US brain surgeon, performs his 1st brain operation
  • Feb 24 Battle at Yzer Spruit: Boer general De la Rey beats British
  • Feb 28 Jules Massenets opera premieres in Monte Carlo

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Carlo Borbolla, composer

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Feb 1 Langston Hughes, Joplin, Missouri, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto)

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • Feb 1 Therese Brandl, Nazi concentration camp guard (d. 1947, by execution)
  • Feb 2 Tyra Ryman, Arboga Sweden, actress (Peter the Tramp)
  • Feb 2 Newbold Morris, American politician (d. 1966)

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Feb 4 Charles A Lindbergh, pilot (1st to fly solo across Atlantic), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • Feb 4 Hartley Shawcross, British lawyer and politician (d. 2003)
  • Feb 5 Bronislaw Kaper, composer
  • Feb 6 Louis Nizer, lawyer (defended blacklisted stars in '50s, Catspaw)
  • Feb 6 George Brunies, American musician (d. 1974)
  • Feb 7 Ethelda Blebtrey, 100m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1920), born in Waterford, New York
  • Feb 8 Lyle Talbot, [Lysle Hollywood], actor (Glen or Glenda), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 8 Demchugdongrub, Mongolian politician (d. 1966)
  • Feb 9 Blanche Calloway, US vocalist/dancer (12 Clouds of Joy)
  • Feb 9 Chester H Lauck, Allene AR, actor (Dreaming Out Loud, 2 Weeks to Live)
  • Feb 9 Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women's leader (d. 1999)
  • Feb 10 Armand Bernier, Belgian poet (Sorcier Triste)
  • Feb 10 Stella Adler, NY, actress (My Girl Tisa)

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Feb 10 Walter Houser Brattain, Amoy, China, American physicist (Nobel 1956-transistor)

  • Feb 11 Arne Jacobsen, Danish architect (d. 1971)
  • Feb 12 William D Revelli, Spring Gulch Colorado, band leader
  • Feb 12 William Collier, American stage and film actor (d. 1987)
  • Feb 13 Blair Moody, (Sen-Mich), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Feb 13 Karl Menger, Austria/US mathematician (theory of dimension)
  • Feb 14 Fred Scott, vocalist/actor (Vincent Lopez), born in Fresno, California
  • Feb 14 Ray "Crash" Corrigan, cowboy (Crash Corrigan's Ranch), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 14 Stu Erwin, Squaw Valley California, actor (Stu Erwin Show)
  • Feb 14 Valentin Ruiz Azner, composer
  • Feb 14 Thelma Ritter, American actress (Miracle on 34th Street), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 17 Marian Anderson, operatic contralto (banned by D.A.R.), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 18 Walter Herbert, German-born conductor and impresario (d. 1975)
  • Feb 19 Hugo Haas, Brno Czechoslovakia, actor/director (2 Smart People)
  • Feb 19 John Bubbles, rhythm tap dancer (No Maps on My Taps), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Feb 19 Nydia Westman, actress (Going My Way, Young Mr Bobbins), born in NYC, New York

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Feb 20 Ansel Adams, photographer (1966 ASMP Award), born in San Francisco, California

Photographer Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams
  • Feb 21 Arthur D Nock, English/US historian (St Paul)
  • Feb 21 Bob [Hijman] Scholte, Dutch vocalist [or 1909]
  • Feb 21 John Smallenbroek, Dutch minister of Internal Affairs [or 1909]
  • Feb 22 Hanns Neupert, German piano builder/author (Das Klavichord)
  • Feb 25 Max Kommerell, German literary/author (Die Gefangenen)
  • Feb 25 Oscar Cullmann, Swiss theologist (Das Petrusproblem)
  • Feb 26 Rudolf Moralt, German conductor (Vienna Philharmonic)
  • Feb 26 Vercors, [Jean Bruller], French writer (Le Silence de la Mer)
  • Feb 27 Ethelda Bleibtrey, 100m/300m US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1920)
  • Feb 27 Gene Sarazen, Harrison NY, PGA golfer (Masters 1935, US Open 1922, 32)

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Feb 27 John Steinbeck, Salinas California, author (Grapes of Wrath-Nobel 1962)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 11 US military leader George Marshall (22) weds Elizabeth Carter Coles in San Antonio, Texas

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Salomon Jaoassohn, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 2 Emanuil Manolov, composer, dies at 42
  • Feb 3 Isaac Fransen van der Putten, Dutch PM (1866), dies
  • Feb 10 J N Krieger, German Selenographer, dies
  • Feb 15 Wilhelmina JR Albregt-Engelman, Dutch actress, dies at 68
  • Feb 18 Charles Lewis Tiffany, American founder of Tiffany & Co. (b. 1812)
  • Feb 23 Samuel R Gardiner, British historian (Oliver Cromwell), dies at 72
  • Feb 25 Carl Ignaz Franz Umlauf, composer, dies at 77