What Happened in February 1909

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah opens
  • Feb 1 US forces withdraw from Cuba after liberal Jose Miguel Gomez becomes president; ensuing political instability will bring a threat of US intervention in 1912
  • Feb 2 Italian writer Marinetti publishes Futurist Manifest in Paris
  • Feb 8 France & Germany sign treaty about Morocco
  • Feb 9 1st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium)
  • Feb 9 1st forestry school is incorporated at Kent, Ohio
  • Feb 12 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms
  • Feb 12 Netherlands' SDAP suspends Marxist Tribune group (Gorter & Wijnkoop)
  • Feb 12 Robert Fowler runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6)
  • Feb 16 1st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC)
  • Feb 16 Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary

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Feb 18 Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Feb 20 Publication of the Futurist Manifesto in the French journal Le Figaro.
  • Feb 21 John Galsworthy's "Strife" premieres in London
  • Feb 22 Great White Fleet, 1st US fleet to circle the globe, returns to Va

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Feb 23 Russian Tsar Nicholas II dissolves Finnish Diet

  • Feb 24 The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded.
  • Feb 26 Austria and Turkey conclude an agreement in which Turkey recognizes Austria's 1908 annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is to receive compensation

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Douglas Hall, Governor (Somaliland Protectorate)
  • Feb 1 Helen Chandler, actress (Christopher Strong, Dracula), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Feb 1 George Beverly Shea, Winchester, Ontario, American gospel singer
  • Feb 2 Franc Albertson, Fergus Falls MN, actor (Psycho, Alice Adams)
  • Feb 3 M Vasalis [Margaretha Droogleever Fortuyn-Leenmans], poet (Phoenix)
  • Feb 3 Simone Weil, social philosopher/Resistance fighter (WW II), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 3 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, born in Carcassonne (d. 1989)
  • Feb 4 Kenneth W Howell, English Anglican bishop (Chile/Bolivia/Peru)
  • Feb 4 Robert Coote, actor (Timmy-Rogues, Theodore-Nero Wolfe), born in London, England
  • Feb 5 Grazyna Bacewicz, composer
  • Feb 6 Israel Citkowitz, composer
  • Feb 7 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Flem cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37) [OS]
  • Feb 7 Hélder Câmara, Roman catholic archbishop (d. 1999)
  • Feb 9 Carmen Miranda, Brazil, vocalist/actress (Copacabana, Date With Judy)
  • Feb 9 Dean Rusk, US Secretary of State (1961-69)
  • Feb 9 Harald Genzmer, composer
  • Feb 9 Heather Angel, Oxford England, actress (Informer, Last of Mohicans)
  • Feb 9 John Eustace Theodore Brancker, lawyer/parliamentarian
  • Feb 10 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist, born at Lichfield (d. 2005)
  • Feb 11 Joseph L Mankiewicz, Wilkes-Barre PA, film writer/director (Sleuth)
  • Feb 11 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)
  • Feb 12 Barry Wood, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Feb 14 A Moses Klein, poet (Hath Not a Jew...), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 15 Harold Beeley, British diplomat
  • Feb 15 Miep Gies, Dutch biographer of Anne Frank
  • Feb 16 Hugh Beaumont, Lawrence Ks, actor (Ward Cleaver-Leave it to Beaver)
  • Feb 16 Jeffrey Lynn, Auburn, Massachusetts, American actor (Four Daughters, Roaring Twenties)
  • Feb 16 Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (d. 1998)
  • Feb 17 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37)[NS]
  • Feb 17 Marjorie Lawrence, Australia, soprano (Venus-Tannhäuser)
  • Feb 18 Matti Jarvinen, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • Feb 18 Wallace Stegner, novelist/critic (Pulitzer-1971-Angle of Repose)
  • Feb 19 Charlie Walker, South Aust cricket wicket-keeper (toured but no Tests)
  • Feb 21 George G F van Renesse, Dutch pianist/music director
  • Feb 21 Hans Erni, Switz, painter/sculptor
  • Feb 21 Helen O Dickens, [Henderson], US physician/gynaecologist
  • Feb 22 Roderick Barclay, diplomat
  • Feb 23 Frank Ward, cricketer (Australian leggie late 30s)
  • Feb 24 August William Derleth, Sauk City Wisc, writer (Judge Peck Mysteries)
  • Feb 24 Jean Yves Morvan Marin, broadcaster
  • Feb 24 Max Black, Dutch/British/US philosopher (analytical philosophy)
  • Feb 24 Michael Francis Morris Lindsay, orientalist
  • Feb 25 Edgar Pangborn, US, sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy)
  • Feb 25 John Evan "Jasper" Weston Mather, writer
  • Feb 25 Geoffrey Dummer, electronics engineer, first to build integrated circuit / microchip, born in Hull England (d. 2002)
  • Feb 26 Phyllis Fanny Primrose-Pechey Cradock, TV Chef
  • Feb 26 King Talal of Jordan (d. 1972)
  • Feb 27 Elisabeth Welch, singer (Song of Freedom, Over the Moon)
  • Feb 28 Olan Soule, La Harpe Ill, actor (My 3 Sons, Arnie)
  • Feb 28 Stephen Harold Spender, England, poet/critic (Vienna, Edge of Darkness)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Adolf Stoecker, German anti-semite/prime minister, dies at 73
  • Feb 3 Johann Georg Herzog, composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 8 Edouard Silas, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 8 Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, composer, dies at 32

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Feb 17 Geronimo [one who yawns], Apache chief, dies at 79

Apache Leader Geronimo
Apache Leader