What Happened in February 1916

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 Canada's original Parliament buildings in Ottawa burn down
  • Feb 3 Tristan Tzara publishes the Dada manifesto in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Feb 5 Enrico Caruso recorded "O Solo Mio" for the Victor Talking Machine Co
  • Feb 8 French cruiser "Admiral Charner" torpedoed off Syrian coast, kills 374
  • Feb 8 NL votes down Charlie Ebbets proposal to limit 25 cent seats
  • Feb 9 Britain's military service act enforced (conscription)
  • Feb 9 NL votes down a proposal by Giants, Braves, & Cubs to increase club player limit from 21 to 22 (The Reds want to decrease to 20)
  • Feb 10 Military conscription begins in Britain
  • Feb 11 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
  • Feb 11 Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control
  • Feb 11 Germany and Austria-Hungary notify the US that they will sink any armed merchant ships starting on 1 March
  • Feb 12 1st edition of Joseph Patterson/Sidney Smith's strip "The Gumps"
  • Feb 15 NY Yankees buy Frank "Home Run" Baker from the Athletics for $37,500
  • Feb 16 Russian troops conquer the Ottoman Empire city of Erzurum during WWI
  • Feb 16 The US rejects the right of Germany and Austria-Hungary to sink armed merchant ships
  • Feb 16 The German ambassador in Washington announces that Germany will pay an indemnity for American lives lost on the Lusitania
  • Feb 17 Romberg/Hanley/Atteridge/Smith's musical premieres in NYC
  • Feb 18 The last German garrison in the German colony of Cameroons surrenders
  • Feb 21 Battle of Verdun in WW I begins (1 million casualties)
  • Feb 22 The House-Grey Memorandum, drafted by US and Britain, states: 'Should the Allies accept [the American idea of a conference to end the war] and should Germany refuse it, the United States would "probably" enter the war against Germany'
  • Feb 23 Congress authorizes McKinley Memorial $1 gold coin
  • Feb 23 French artillery kills entire French 72nd division at Samogneux Verdun
  • Feb 25 German troops conquer Fort Douaumont near Verdun
  • Feb 26 Germans sink French transport ship Provence II, killing 930

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26 Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • Feb 26 Russian troops conquer Kermansjah Persia

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Gordon Hobday, Lord Lieutenant (Nottinghamshire)
  • Feb 2 Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (d. 1985)
  • Feb 3 Vivien Signy, nurse (d. 1997)
  • Feb 4 Basil Hembry, farmer/campaigner
  • Feb 4 Colin Morris, playwright/documentary filmmaker
  • Feb 4 David Vassall Cox, composer
  • Feb 4 Gavin Buchanan Ewart, English poet (Pleasures of the Flesh)
  • Feb 4 Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha, 41st master of the Oveyssi-Shahmaghsoudi Sufi Order (d. 1980)
  • Feb 6 John Crank, British mathematician (d. 2006)
  • Feb 9 Tex Hughson, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • Feb 10 Edward R Roybal, (Rep-D-CA, 1963- )
  • Feb 11 Bernice Levin Neugarten, social scientist/gerontologist
  • Feb 12 Joseph L Alioto, (Mayor-SF)
  • Feb 12 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, Austrian composer (Vom Tode)
  • Feb 13 James Griffith, actor (Sheriff of Cochise), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 14 Edward Platt, actor (Chief-Get Smart), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Feb 14 Masaki Kobayashi, Japanese director (Joi-uchi)
  • Feb 14 Wawrzyniec Zulawski, Polish composer (d. 1957)
  • Feb 14 Marcel Bigeard, French general
  • Feb 15 Ian Ballantine, publisher (Ballantine Books)
  • Feb 15 Mary Jane Croft, American actress (d. 1999)
  • Feb 16 Bill Doggett, jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • Feb 16 William Ballard Doggett, jazz musician
  • Feb 17 Don Tallon, cricketer (perhaps Australia's greatest wicket-keeper)
  • Feb 17 Raf Vallone, Tropea Italy, actor (El Cid, 2 Women, Greek Tycoon)
  • Feb 17 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(d. 1940)
  • Feb 18 Betty Phyllis Gathergood, curator
  • Feb 18 Jean Drapeau, mayor of Montreal (1954- )
  • Feb 19 Eddie Arcaro, jockey (1958 Racing Hall of Fame, 2 triple crowns)
  • Feb 20 Jackie Gleason, American comedian (Ralph Kramden-Honeymooners), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 20 Julius Juzeliunas, composer
  • Feb 20 Paul Tripp, American TV host (Mr I Magination), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 23 George Abel, Canada, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Feb 23 Martindale Sidwell, organist/conductor
  • Feb 23 William Walsh, academic
  • Feb 24 Gene Mitchell, museum director
  • Feb 25 Ian Wallace, British CEO
  • Feb 25 Ralph Baldwin, harness driver (set 11 major world records)
  • Feb 25 Reinhard Bendix, German sociologist (d. 1991)
  • Feb 26 Mordecai Seter, composer
  • Feb 26 Ross Gregory, cricketer (Australian batsman 1936-37, died in WW II)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Anton Simon, Russian composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 6 Anne C A I van Diest, Belgian physician/feminist, dies at 73
  • Feb 6 Rubén Darío, Nicaraguan writer (b. 1867)
  • Feb 9 Hynek Ignac Frantisek Vojacek, composer, dies at 90
  • Feb 9 Jack Barrett, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1890), dies
  • Feb 12 J W Richard Dedekind, German mathematician, dies
  • Feb 14 Petko J Todorov, Bulgaria writer (Zmejova), dies at 36
  • Feb 15 Nikolay Nikolayevich Lodizhensky, composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 16 Jeltje de Bosch Kemper, Dutch feminist, dies at 79
  • Feb 16 [Gerard] Jan Ligthart, Dutch educator (Ot & Sien), dies at 57
  • Feb 19 Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist/philosopher/psychologist, dies at 78
  • Feb 20 Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Swedish politician (Nobel 1908), dies at 71
  • Feb 23 George Martin, English composer and organist, dies at 71
  • Feb 28 Henry James, US/British writer (Bostonians), dies in London at 72
  • Feb 29 Edward H J Keurvels, Flemish conductor/composer (Parisina), dies at 62