What Happened in February 1906

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 1st federal penitentiary building completed, Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Feb 1 Dorothy Grey, wife of British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey fatally injured
  • Feb 2 Pope encyclical against separation of church & state
  • Feb 8 Without warning, Japanese torpedo boats make a night attack on Russian ships near the naval base at Port Arthur, Manchuria; there is confusion because no deceleration of war was given
  • Feb 9 Natal proclaims state of siege in Zulu uprising
  • Feb 10 British battleship HMS Dreadnought launched after only 100 days, renders all other capital ships obsolete with revolutionary design
  • Feb 10 State of siege proclaimed in Zululand
  • Feb 12 George Cohan's musical "George Washington" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 15 British Labour Party founded
  • Feb 18 Vincent d'Indy's "Jour D'été à La Montagne" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 19 Will Keith Kellogg and Charles D. Bolin found the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company which is now the multinational food manufacturer Kellogg's
  • Feb 22 Black evangelist William J Seymour arrives in LA Calif

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 23 Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Feb 24 Tomas Estrada Palma defeats Jose Gomez in the election for president of Cuba, but Gomez and his followers refuse to accept results and sponsor an uprising
  • Feb 27 France & Britain agree to joint control of New Hebrides
  • Feb 28 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Queen's U (Kingston Ont) in 2 games

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Hildegarde, Adell Wisc, night club vocalist (I'll Be Seeing You)
  • Feb 1 Pierre Cardevielle, French composer/conductor (Amants Captifs)
  • Feb 3 Ludvig Nielsen, composer
  • Feb 4 Clyde William Tombaugh, US, astronomer (discovered Pluto)
  • Feb 4 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologist (Confessing Church)
  • Feb 4 Primo Carnera, Italian boxer (champ-1933)
  • Feb 5 John Carradine, Greenwich Village NY, actor (Grapes of Wrath, Howling)
  • Feb 7 Henry P'u-i, last emperor of China, puppet emperor of Manchukuo
  • Feb 7 Oleg Antonov, Soviet aircraft designer (d. 1984)
  • Feb 8 Artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist (Begeleidde Menuhin, Milstein)
  • Feb 8 Chester F Carlson, inventor (photocopy)
  • Feb 8 Henry Roth, American writer (Call it Sleep), born in Tysmenitz, Austria-Hungary (d. 1995)
  • Feb 9 Gwen Catley, British(?) soprano
  • Feb 9 André Kostolany, stock market expert and speculator (d. 1999)
  • Feb 10 Erik Rhodes, [Ernest Sharpe], actor (Top Hat, Night at the Ritz)
  • Feb 10 Henry Phelps Brown, historian/economist
  • Feb 10 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • Feb 10 Lon Chaney Jr, actor (Hawkeye, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1973)
  • Feb 10 Walraven (Wally) van Hall, Dutch banker/resisted Nazis
  • Feb 11 Denis Barnett, British air chief marshal
  • Feb 13 Agostinho da Silva, Portuguese philosopher (d. 1994)
  • Feb 15 Stephen Brown, CEO (Stone-Platt Industries)
  • Feb 16 Vera Menchik, Russian 1st official women's world chess champion (1927), born in Moscow (d. 1944)
  • Feb 17 Galo Plaza Lasso, President of Ecuador (1948-52), head of OAS (1968-75)
  • Feb 17 Ramon Tapales, composer
  • Feb 18 Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician (d. 1980)
  • Feb 19 Grace Mary Williams, composer
  • Feb 19 Hendrik W C Spruit, Dutch conductor
  • Feb 22 Edmund von Borck, composer
  • Feb 22 Gale Gordon, actor (Conklin-Our Miss Brooks, Here's Lucy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 24 Alexis Curvers, Belgian author (Tempo di Roma, Bourg-le-Rond)
  • Feb 25 Boris Papandopulo, composer
  • Feb 25 Domingo Ortega, Spanish bullfighter
  • Feb 25 Howard Zahniser, Father of Wilderness Act
  • Feb 25 Warren Hymer, actor (Girl From Havana, Meet the Mob), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 26 Madeleine Carroll, England, actress (39 Steps, Secret Agent)
  • Feb 26 Nikos Ghika, Greek artist, born in Athens (d. 1994)
  • Feb 27 Alexander Matheson, NZ cricket pace bowler (2 Tests 1930-31)
  • Feb 27 H Algernon F "Algy" Rumbold, English diplomat (South Africa/Tibet)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 28 Bugsy Siegel, gangster created casinos in Las Vegas

Mobster Bugsy Siegel
Bugsy Siegel

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 17 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice marries in the White House

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 9 Paul Laurence Dunbar, African American dialect poet, dies at 33 in Dayton, Ohio

  • Feb 10 Ezra Butler Eddy, Canadian businessman (E.B. Eddy Company) and politician (b. 1827)
  • Feb 13 Albert Gottschalk, Danish painter (b. 1866)
  • Feb 18 Willem Doorenbos, literary/critic, dies at 85
  • Feb 18 John Batterson Stetson, American manufacturer (b. 1830)
  • Feb 23 Johann Hoch, US murderer, executed
  • Feb 25 Anton Stepanovich Arensky, Russian composer/conductor c t, dies at 44
  • Feb 26 Manuel Fernandez Caballero, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 27 Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer and pioneer aviator, dies at 71