What Happened in February 1908

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 King Carlos I of Portugal and his heir, Prince Luis Filipe are assassinated by Republican sympathizers in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon
  • Feb 3 Supreme Court rules a union boycott violates Sherman Antitrust Act
  • Feb 3 Foundation of Panathinaikos in Athens, Greece.

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Feb 7 Connie Mack sells hurler Rube Waddell to St Louis Browns for $5,000

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Feb 8 Wilhelmina '08 soccer team forms in Weert, Netherlands

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 10 Tommy Burns KOs Jack Palmer in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Feb 11 Australia regain the Ashes with a 308 run cricket victory vs England
  • Feb 11 Heemskerk's government begins in Holland
  • Feb 12 Anna Jeanes bequeaths $1,000,000 to Swarthmore to become all female
  • Feb 12 NY to Paris auto race (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in NYC George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel
  • Feb 18 1st US postage stamps in rolls issued
  • Feb 18 The American ambassador to Japan is given a note by the Japanese in which they agree to restrict Japanese emigration to the US; this becomes known as the 'Gentlemen's Agreement'
  • Feb 24 In 'Muller v Oregon', the US Supreme Court favors an Oregon law limiting maximum hours a woman may work and denies that it curtails 'liberty of contract'
  • Feb 25 1st tunnel under Hudson River (railway tunnel) opens
  • Feb 27 Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954)
  • Feb 27 Star #46 was added to US flag for Oklahoma
  • Feb 28 Failed assassination attempt on Shah Mohammed Ali in Tehran
  • Feb 29 Dutch scientists produce solid helium

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Albie Booth, collegiate Hall of Fame football star (Yale)
  • Feb 1 Edward Staempfli, composer
  • Feb 1 George Pal, Hungarian/US director (When Worlds Collide, Puppetoons)
  • Feb 2 Anita Garvin, actress (Swiss Miss, Blotto, Charlatan, Hats Off)
  • Feb 2 Cal Tinney, Oklahoma, comedian (Stop Me If You Heard This One)
  • Feb 2 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, California, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1932)/actor
  • Feb 2 Pavel Sivic, Slovenian composer, born in Radovljica (d. 1995)
  • Feb 2 Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer
  • Feb 2 Wes Ferrell, All-Star MLB pitcher (d. 1976)
  • Feb 3 Oddbjorn Hagen, Norway, cross country jumper (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • Feb 4 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, trumpeter
  • Feb 4 Gordon Fraser, newscaster (All Star News), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Feb 5 Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins (d. 1969)
  • Feb 6 Amintore Fanfani, premier of Italy
  • Feb 6 Edward Lansdale, general/model (Quiet American, Ugly American)
  • Feb 6 Thomas Dorrington Tomlinson, national Park Warden
  • Feb 8 Grigor Eghiazaryan, composer
  • Feb 8 Leslie Kenneth O'Brien, Lord O'Brien of Lothbury, missionary
  • Feb 8 Myron McCormick, Albany, actor (Hustler, Jolson Sings Again)
  • Feb 9 Jackie Fields, US, featherweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1924)
  • Feb 10 Jean Coulthard, composer
  • Feb 11 Sutan Takdir Alishahbana, Indonesian linguistic/author/novelist
  • Feb 11 Vivian [Ernest] Fuchs, geologist/explorer (British Antarctic Survey)
  • Feb 12 Jacques Herbrand, French logician and mathematician (d. 1931)
  • Feb 12 Jean Effel, French painter and journalist (d. 1982)
  • Feb 12 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
  • Feb 13 Gerald Strang, Claresholm Canada, composer
  • Feb 13 Pauline Frederick, journalist/correspondent (UN, NBC TV)
  • Feb 13 Sulo Nurmela, Finland, 4 X 100K relay skier (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • Feb 15 Sidney Gilliat, producer
  • Feb 15 Ypk fan der Fear, Frisian writer (Reade Runen)
  • Feb 15 Sarto Fournier, Quebec politician (d. 1980)
  • Feb 17 Staats Cotsworth, Oak Park IL, actor (Peyton Place)
  • Feb 17 Walter L "Red" Barber, Miss, sports announcer (Bkln Dodgers, NY Yanks)
  • Feb 20 Grigori Yakovlevich Bakhchivangi, test pilot (BI-1)
  • Feb 20 Rosalind Laura Burke, aviatrix
  • Feb 22 John Mills, England, actor (Big Sleep, King Rat, War & Peace)
  • Feb 22 Romulo Betancourt, President of Venezuela (1945-48, 1958-64)
  • Feb 23 William McMahon, PM of Australia (Liberal) (1971-72)
  • Feb 25 Frank G Slaughter, author (Sangaree)
  • Feb 26 Tex Avery, American cartoonist (d. 1980)
  • Feb 26 Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 26 Jean-Pierre Wimille, French race car driver (d. 1949)
  • Feb 28 Billie Bird, American actress (d. 2002)
  • Feb 28 Alexander Golitzen, American art director (d. 2005)
  • Feb 29 Alf Gover, cricketer (bowled in 4 Tests for England/famous coach)
  • Feb 29 Balthus, painter (Valerie)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Carlos I, King of Portugal (1889-1908), assassinated by Republican sympathisers at 44
  • Feb 10 Mustafa Kamil Pasha, Egyptian lawyer, journalist, Nationalist and a founder of Egyptian National Party, dies at 33
  • Feb 14 Georges Jean Pfeiffer, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 23 Johannes Friedrich August von Esmarch, German surgeon (b. 1823)
  • Feb 24 Anatol' Vakhnyanyn, composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 29 Pat Garrett, U.S. gunslinger
  • Feb 29 John Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow, first Governor-General of Australia (as Lord Hopetoun)