What Happened in February 1903

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 Frederick Lugard occupies Kano West Africa
  • Feb 4 Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA beat Winn Victorias, 2 games to 1 & 1 tie
  • Feb 7 VVV '03 Soccer team forms in Venlo
  • Feb 11 Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony premieres in Vienna

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11 US Congress adopts the Expedition Act, which authorizes the Attorney General to 'expedite' anti-trust cases through the courts, reflecting growing popular support for President Theodore Roosevelt's "trust busting" campaign

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Feb 14 US Department of Commerce & Labor forms
  • Feb 15 1st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris & Rose Michtom
  • Feb 16 -59°F (-51°C), Pokegama Dam, Minnesota (state record)
  • Feb 18 Kuyper government launches anti strike laws
  • Feb 20 Nick Young remains as NL president as AG Spalding ends challenge
  • Feb 21 Cornerstone laid for US army war college, Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 22 Due to drought the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water
  • Feb 23 The US and Cuba sign an agreement by which Cuba releases Guantanamo and Bahia Hondo to the US for naval stations
  • Feb 23 The Sultan agrees to an Austro-Russian plan to reform the government of Macedonia in yet another effort to stifle the rising disorder among the rival Bulgarian
  • Feb 28 Barney Dreyfuss & James Potter buys Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Georg Rendl, Austria miner/beekeeper/writer (The Bees Novel)
  • Feb 2 Frank McGrath, Mound City Mo, actor (Wagon Train)
  • Feb 3 Priaulx Rainier, composer
  • Feb 3 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor
  • Feb 4 Alexander Oppenheim, mathematician
  • Feb 4 Berend van den Amstel, [Bernard CED Hattink], actor (Beatrice)
  • Feb 4 Edwin Denby, Tientsin China, US dance critic/poet (Snoring in N)
  • Feb 4 Frank Howley, Hampton NY, Brigadier General (Answers for Americans)
  • Feb 4 Siro Cisilino, composer
  • Feb 5 Ivan Galamian, Tabriz Persia, violinist
  • Feb 5 Joan Whitney Payson, owner (NY Mets & horse stables)
  • Feb 5 Nathaniel Owings, architect (Oak Ridge, TN; Sears), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Feb 6 John Dunning, cricketer (NZ medium-fast bowler of 30's)
  • Feb 6 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (Temptation of Poverty)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 8 Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's founding father, 1st Prime Minister of Malaya (1957-63) and Malaysia (1963-70), born in Alor Star, Kedah (d. 1990)

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Feb 8 Greta Keller, Austrian-born cabaret singer and actress (d. 1977)
  • Feb 9 Georg Trexler, composer
  • Feb 10 Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, composer
  • Feb 10 Waldemar Hoven, German physician (d. 1948)
  • Feb 10 Matthias Sindelar, Austrian footballer (d. 1939)
  • Feb 11 Hans Redlich, composer
  • Feb 11 Rex Lease, WV, actor (Fast Bullets, Sunny Skies, Custer's Last Stand)
  • Feb 12 Chick Hafey, baseball player (d. 1973)
  • Feb 12 Joseph F. Biroc, American cinematographer (d. 1996)
  • Feb 13 Georges Simenon, Belgium, mystery writer (Snow Was Black)
  • Feb 16 Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 16 George-Henri Lévesque, Quebec priest and sociologist (d. 2000)
  • Feb 17 Johannes Linthorst Homan, director of the queen in Groningen
  • Feb 18 Nikolaj V Podgorny, pres USSR (1965-77)
  • Feb 19 Sadiq Hidajat, Persian writer (Blind Person Owl), (d. 1951)
  • Feb 19 Kay Boyle, St. Paul, Minnesota, American novelist (Plagued by Nightingales)
  • Feb 20 Ella Maillart, explorer
  • Feb 20 Karel Janacek, composer
  • Feb 20 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer
  • Feb 21 Eric Fogg, English composer, born in Manchester (d. 1939)
  • Feb 21 Madeleine Renaud, actress (Helene, Longest Day), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 21 Raymond Queneau, [M Presle], French author (Un Enfant a Dit)
  • Feb 21 Thomas Yawkey, baseball owner (Boston Red Sox)
  • Feb 21 Fairfax M. Cone, American advertising executive (d. 1977)
  • Feb 21 Anaïs Nin, French writer (d. 1977)
  • Feb 22 Morley Callaghan, Canada, author (Toronto Star, Native Argosy)
  • Feb 22 Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (d. 1969)
  • Feb 22 Robert Weede, American baritone (d. 1972)
  • Feb 23 Grigori V Aleksandrov, Russian director (Veselye Rebjata)
  • Feb 25 King Clancy, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)
  • Feb 26 Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
  • Feb 27 Reginald Gardiner, Wimbledon England, actor (Great Dictator)
  • Feb 27 Grethe Weiser, German actress (d. 1970)
  • Feb 28 Vincente Minnelli, American film director (d. 1986)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (27) weds Emma Rauschenbach (20)

Psychiatrist Carl Jung
Psychiatrist
Carl Jung

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 George G Stokes, British physicist/pres Royal Society, dies at 83
  • Feb 3 Frederick E Kitziger, composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 11 Henryk Szulc, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 12 Gaspar Núñez de Arce, Spanish dramatist and statesman (b. 1834)
  • Feb 15 Julie Verstraete-Lacquet, Flemish actress, dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Joseph Parry, composer, dies at 61
  • Feb 22 Frederick William Farrar, writer/dean (Canterbury 1895-1903), dies
  • Feb 22 Hugo Filipp Jakob Wolf, Austrian composer (Corregidor), dies at 42
  • Feb 23 Albert Cahen, composer, dies at 57
  • Feb 23 Friedrich Grutzmacher, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 26 Richard J Gatling, US inventor (Gatling Gun), dies at 84
  • Feb 28 Girolamo/Jeromin de Rada, Albanian poet, dies at 88