What Happened in February 1917

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 German Admiral Tirpitz announces unlimited submarine war
  • Feb 3 US liner Housatonic is sunk by German submarine, on the same day that US President Wilson breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany
  • Feb 4 Belgian Council of Flanders established
  • Feb 5 Congress overrides Wilson's veto, curtailing Asian immigration
  • Feb 5 Morosco Theater opens at 217 W 45th St NYC (demolished 1982)

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Feb 5 The last of the American troops commanded by General John Pershing leave Mexico; President Carranza will be assassinated within the next year

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • Feb 10 Johanna Westerdijk installed as Nethrland's 1st female professor
  • Feb 15 SF Public Library (Main Branch at Civic center) dedicated
  • Feb 16 1st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid
  • Feb 17 In Australia, Nationalist Party takes over a coalition government
  • Feb 20 Ammunition ship explodes in Archangel harbour, about 1,500 die
  • Feb 20 Kern, Bolton & Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 21 British Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 627 die
  • Feb 21 Train near Chirurcha, Romania, catches fire & explodes; hundreds die
  • Feb 22 German Navy torpedoes 7 Dutch ships
  • Feb 22 [NS Mar 7] Russian February Revolution begins with strike at Putilov factory in Petrograd
  • Feb 24 German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed (Zimmerman telegram)
  • Feb 24 Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, to Cleve for $15,000
  • Feb 26 1st jazz records recorded - "Dixie Jazz Band One Step" and "Livery Stable Blues" by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company

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Feb 26 [NS Mar 11] Russian February Revolution: Tsar Nicolas II orders army to quell civil unrest in Petrograd - army mutinies

  • Feb 26 1st Annual fair at Utrecht Harbor (Netherlands)
  • Feb 28 AP reports Mexico & Japan will allie with Germany if US enters WW I

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 4 Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician
  • Feb 6 Zsa Zsa Gabor, [Zsa Sari], Budapest, actress (Queen of Outer Space)
  • Feb 6 Arthur Gold, pianist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 6 Liberato Firmino Sifonia, composer
  • Feb 11 Richard Jock Kinneir, graphic designer

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Feb 11 Sidney Sheldon, novelist (1947 Academy Award, 1959 Tony, Bloodline)

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon
  • Feb 11 T. Nagi Reddy, Indian revolutionary (d. 1976)
  • Feb 12 Thomas K Scherman, conductor (Little Orch Society 1947-75), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 12 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (d. 2006)
  • Feb 13 Polly Rose, actress (Myrtle-Love That Jill)
  • Feb 14 Herbert A Hauptman, x-ray crystallographer (Nobel 1985), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 17 Abdur Rahman Badawi, Egyptian philosopher (d. 2002)
  • Feb 17 Guillermo Gonz├ílez Camarena, Mexican inventor (d. 1965)
  • Feb 19 Dick Emery, actor (Yellow Submarine, Loot, Baby Love), born in London, England
  • Feb 19 Carson McCullers, US, novelist (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter)
  • Feb 20 Frederick Page, CEO (British Aerospace Aircraft Group)
  • Feb 21 Victor G M Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65)
  • Feb 22 Harmen van Rossum, civil servant/resistance fighter (WW II)
  • Feb 22 Jack Robertson, cricketer (superb England batsman only played 11 Tests)
  • Feb 22 Jane Bowles, American writer, born in New York City (d. 1973)
  • Feb 23 Kenneth Tobey, actor (Chuck-Whirlybirds) [or Mar 23]
  • Feb 24 William Fairbank, physicist (superconductivity), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 25 Alex Gordon, architect

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Feb 25 [John] Anthony Burgess [Wilson], essayist/novelist (A Clockwork Orange), born in Harpurhey, Lancashire (d. 1993)

Novelist Anthony Burgess
Anthony Burgess
  • Feb 25 Asta E R Elstak, Suriname/Dutch social worker
  • Feb 26 Robert Taft Jr, (Sen-R-Oh)
  • Feb 27 John Connally, (Gov-D/R-Texas), shot in Kennedy motorcade
  • Feb 28 Hans Deutgen, Sweden, world champion archer
  • Feb 28 John B Connally, (Gov/Sen-D/R-Tx), took a bullet with JFK

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 5 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer, (Miss Hook of Holland), dies at 41
  • Feb 5 Jaber II Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1860)
  • Feb 6 Edouard A Drumont, French anti-semite journalist, dies at 72
  • Feb 9 Francis Allan, cricket bowler (lefty in 1879 Aust-Eng Test), dies
  • Feb 10 Emile Pessard, composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 10 John William Waterhouse, Italian-born artist (b. 1849)
  • Feb 11 Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician (b. 1872)
  • Feb 13 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist/composer, dies at 48
  • Feb 15 Charles A van Ophuysen, Dutch orientalist, dies at 60
  • Feb 16 Octave Mirbeau, French writer (b. 1848)
  • Feb 17 Edmund Bishop, English secretary of Thomas Carlyle, dies at 70
  • Feb 18 Charles E Barber, US chief engraver (1879-1917), dies