What Happened in February 1904

Historical Events

  • Feb 4 John Millington Synge's "Well of Saints" premieres in Dublin
  • Feb 5 American occupation of Cuba ends
  • Feb 6 Japan notifies Russia that in view of Russia's delaying tactics and provocative military action, Japan is ending negotiations and recalling its members from Moscow
  • Feb 7 Baltimore catches fire (1500 buildings destroyed in 80 blocks)
  • Feb 9 Japanese land troops at Chemulpo (Inchon), near Seoul, Korea; within the next three weeks they will have advanced to the Yalu River, border of Manchuria
  • Feb 10 Japan and Russia declare war

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 17 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" premieres in Milan

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Giacomo Puccini
  • Feb 21 National Ski Association forms in Ishpeming Mich
  • Feb 22 The United Kingdom sells a meteorological station on the South Orkney Islands to Argentina; the islands are subsequently claimed by the United Kingdom in 1908.
  • Feb 22 The Hague Tribunal gives its decision in claims against Venezuela; it sets the sum to be paid by Venezuela and gives preferential treatment to the three powers that initiated the block - Britain, Germany, and Italy
  • Feb 23 United States acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
  • Feb 23 Having occupied Korea, Japan signs a treaty with Korea under which it becomes a Japanese protectorate in return for Japanese protection from other powers
  • Feb 25 J M Synge's "Riders to the Sea" opens at Irish National Theater Society
  • Feb 25 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games
  • Feb 28 Vincent d'Indy's 2nd Symphony in B, premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 S J Perelman, author/humorist (Around the World in 80 Days), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 2 Buzurg Alavi, Persian author (Panjah va sih nafar, Namal'ha)
  • Feb 2 Jose Enrique Pedreira, composer
  • Feb 3 Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, gangster and FBI Most Wanted criminal
  • Feb 3 Luigi Dallapiccola, Pisino Istria, Italian composer
  • Feb 3 Roger Makins, diplomat
  • Feb 4 Herman B Wiardi Beckman, Dutch politician (SDAP)/resistance fighter
  • Feb 4 MacKinlay Kantor, Webster City Iowa, novelist (Andersonville)
  • Feb 4 Predrag Milosevic, composer
  • Feb 6 Claudio Arrau, Chile, composer/pianist (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
  • Feb 7 Milton Krims, American screenwriter (Prince of Foxes), born in New York City (d. 1988)
  • Feb 8 Igor' Fyodorovich Belza, composer
  • Feb 10 John Farrow, Australian director/actor (Botany Bay, Wake Island), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Feb 11 Henry R LaBouisse, headed UNICEF (1965-79)
  • Feb 11 Keith Holyoake, New Zealand PM (1960-72)
  • Feb 12 Ted Mack, TV host (Original Amateur Hour), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 14 Charles William Oatley, electrical engineer
  • Feb 14 Hanning Phillips, Lord Lieutenant (Dyfed)
  • Feb 14 Hertha Kuusinen, Finnish communist
  • Feb 15 Antonin Magne, French cyclist (Tour de France 1931, 34)
  • Feb 15 Mary Adshead, muralist/painter
  • Feb 16 Ellis Achong, cricketer (West Indian SLA, 8 wickets in 6 Tests)
  • Feb 16 George F Kennan, US ambassador (to Moscow), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 16 James Baskett, American actor (Song of the South) 1st African American male to receive an Oscar, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1948)
  • Feb 17 Albert Kuyle, [Louis Kuitenbrouwer], Dutch writer (Jesus' Robe)
  • Feb 17 Hans Morgenthau, German political philosopher (d. 1980)
  • Feb 19 Havank, [HF vqan der Kallen], Dutch thriller writer (St Eustache)
  • Feb 20 Aleksei N Kosygin, Soviet premier (1964-80)
  • Feb 20 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, born in Darmstadt (d. 1971)
  • Feb 20 Bramwell Fletcher, Yorkshire England, actor (White Cargo, Mummy)
  • Feb 21 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/poet
  • Feb 22 Peter Hurd, Roswell NM, painter (Portrait of Jose Herrera)
  • Feb 23 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy/founded (CP Palestina)
  • Feb 23 William L Shirer, historian (Rise & Fall of 3rd Reich)
  • Feb 25 Adelle Davis, author (Lets Stay Healthy)/nutritionist (died of cancer)
  • Feb 27 James Thomas Farrell, US, author (Studs Lonigan trilogy)
  • Feb 27 Renaat Verheijen, Flemish actor/director (Innocent Heart)
  • Feb 27 Yulii Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist (d. 1996)
  • Feb 27 AndrĂ© Leducq, French cyclist (d. 1980)
  • Feb 27 Chick Fullis, American baseball player (d. 1946)
  • Feb 29 Alan Richardson, composer
  • Feb 29 Jimmy Dorsey, Shenandoah Pa, orchestra leader (Stage Show)
  • Feb 29 John "Pepper" Martin, baseballer (NL stolen base leader 1933,34,36)
  • Feb 29 Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausen
  • Feb 29 Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer and founder of Kalakshetra (d. 1986)

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 2 US blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Peter PM Alberdingk Thijm, Dutch historian/writer, dies at 76
  • Feb 2 William C. Whitney, American financier (b. 1841)
  • Feb 10 John A. Roche, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1844)
  • Feb 20 Gustav Adolf Heinze, composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 22 Leslie Stephen, English writer and critic (b. 1832)