What Happened in February 1914

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 NY Giants & Chicago White Sox play an exhibition baseball game in Egypt
  • Feb 1 Pennsylvania State Board of [motion picture] censors appointed
  • Feb 1 Tanganyika Railway opens
  • Feb 2 James Royce Shannon's musical "Shameen Dhu" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 4 US Congress approves Burnett-anti-immigration law

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Feb 7 Charlie Chaplin debuts "The Tramp" in "Kid Auto Races at Venice"

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
  • Feb 7 Steel work completed on Exposition (Civic) Auditorium, SF
  • Feb 8 General Zamon becomes president of Haiti

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Feb 10 In accordance with the understanding reached by General J.C. Smuts and Mahatma Gandhi, 60 passive resistance prisoners are released from the Pietermaritzburg Prison; 40 passive resisters are released in Durban, 8 in Newcastle and 11 in Port Elizabeth

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Feb 12 Dedication ceremony for the about to be constructed Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Feb 12 "The Squaw Man", 1st feature-length film shot in Hollywood, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel, is released in the US

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • Feb 13 American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers-ASCAP forms in NYC
  • Feb 14 High Council of Labor forms in Hague Netherlands
  • Feb 16 1st airplane flight from LA to SF
  • Feb 19 Riccardo Zandonai's opera "Francesco da Rimini" premieres in Turin
  • Feb 21 White Wolf troops attack Zhanjiang China
  • Feb 21 In a secret meeting of civil and military leaders, Russian Foreign Minister Sazonov convinces them to support a plan for seizing the straits, controlled by Turkey, that block access to the Mediterranean
  • Feb 24 Frank Craven's "Too Many Cooks" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 26 New York Museum of Science & Industry incorporated
  • Feb 26 HMHS Britannic, sister to the Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff, Belfast.
  • Feb 28 Construction begins on Tower of Jewels for the Exposition (SF)

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Eric Kierans, Canadian politician and economist (d. 2004)
  • Feb 3 Cornelis "Kees" Andrea, Dutch painter/graphic artist/carpet designer
  • Feb 3 Felix Kelly, New Zealand-born British artist, born in Auckland (d. 1994)
  • Feb 4 Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head)
  • Feb 5 Alan Hodgkin, British physicist (Nobel 1963)
  • Feb 5 William S Burroughs, novelist (Naked Lunch), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 6 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor (d. 2005)
  • Feb 7 David Ignatow, US poet (Tread the Dark, Rescue the Dead)
  • Feb 7 Jacques Mornard, [Ramon Mercader], murderer (Trotsky)
  • Feb 7 Ralph Whitlock, writer
  • Feb 8 Bert Haas, baseball player
  • Feb 8 Jules van Ackere, Flemish musicologist (Eternal Music)
  • Feb 9 Bill "Rhymes with Wreck" Veeck, baseball club owner
  • Feb 9 Ernest Tubb, Tx, guitarist/singer (I'm Walking the Floor over You)
  • Feb 9 Max Manus, resistance fighter
  • Feb 9 Ralph Herman, orchestra leader (Circus Time), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 10 Larry Adler, Balt, hamonicist (Harmonicats) (blacklisted performer)
  • Feb 11 Josh White, Blues, folk and gospel musician, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1969)
  • Feb 11 French Duynstee, Dutch constitutional lawyer
  • Feb 11 Matt Dennis, vocalist (Matt Dennis Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 11 Menelaos Pallantios, composer
  • Feb 11 Winand J Borgerhoff Mulder, court judge of Amsterdam
  • Feb 12 Gordon Tex Beneke, saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orch)
  • Feb 12 Nello Celio, Swiss president
  • Feb 12 Arvid Pardo, Maltese diplomat, a.k.a "Father of the Law of the Sea Conference" (d. 1999)
  • Feb 13 Earl Cadogan, British large landowner (Military Cross)
  • Feb 13 George Kleinsinger, composer (Tubby the Tuba), born in San Bernardino, California
  • Feb 14 Margarete Mewes, Nazi overseer at concentration camp
  • Feb 14 Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 15 Arthur Sydney Martin, spy catcher
  • Feb 15 Kevin McCarthy, actor (Invasion of Body Snatchers, Howling), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 15 R W Woods, bishop (Worcester)
  • Feb 15 Hale Boggs, American politician (d. 1972)
  • Feb 16 J Tobin, British anaesthetist
  • Feb 16 Jimmy Wakely, Mineola Ark, country vocalist (5 Star Jubilee)
  • Feb 17 Albert Westerlinck, [Jose J M Aerts], Flemish literary
  • Feb 17 Arthur Kennedy, Worcester Mass, actor (Fantastic Voyage, Peyton Place)
  • Feb 17 Per-Jakez Helias, writer/teacher
  • Feb 17 [Bert de] Wayne Morris, WW II-pilot/actor (Paths of Glory), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 18 Edward George Edwards, chemist
  • Feb 18 Pee Wee King, country vocalist (Pee Wee King Song), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 19 Jacques Dufilho, French comedian (d. 2005)
  • Feb 20 John Daly, South Africa, newscaster/TV game show host (What's My Line)
  • Feb 20 Marion Kettlewell, British director (WRNS)
  • Feb 20 Willem J H Baart, Dutch vicar (Cuentanan di Nanzi)
  • Feb 21 Arnold S Denker, NY, US chess champion (1944-46)
  • Feb 21 Hermanus P "Piet" Mulder, Dutch journalist (Parool/VARA)
  • Feb 22 Renato Dulbecco, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate
  • Feb 23 Margaret Farrer, CEO (Central Midwives Board)
  • Feb 23 Theofiel Middelkamp, Dutch cyclist (d. 2005)
  • Feb 24 David Langdon, cartoonist/illustrator
  • Feb 24 Zachary Scott, actor (Spotlight Playhouse, Mildred Pierce), born in Austin, Texas
  • Feb 24 Ralph Erskine, British architect (Byker Wall) (d. 2005)
  • Feb 25 John Arlott, cricketer (the doyen of cricket commentators & writers)
  • Feb 26 Robert Alda, actor (Dan Lewis-Supertrain, By Popular Demand), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 26 Witold Rowicki, composer
  • Feb 28 Jim Boles, actor (Joe-One Man's Family), born in Lubbock, Texas

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 6 J Albert Neuhuys, Dutch painter (Hague School), dies at 69
  • Feb 22 Valliamma Mudaliar, took part in Indian passive resistance, dies of a fever contracted in prison
  • Feb 24 Joshua Chamberlain, Civil War hero for the Union on Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Feb 25 John Tenniel, British illustrator (Alice in Wonderland), dies at 93