What Happened in February 1923

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Allied ultimatum on Lithuanian occupation of Memel

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Feb 1 Fascists Voluntary Militia forms in Italy under Benito Mussolini

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Feb 1 Noel Coward's "Young Idea" premieres in London
  • Feb 2 Ethyl gasoline 1st marketed, Dayton, Ohio
  • Feb 2 US signs friendship treaty with Central American countries
  • Feb 3 The Alpha Zeta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia founded at Pennsylvania State University.
  • Feb 5 General mine strike against wage cuts in Saar
  • Feb 5 Mass arrests of socialists & communists in Italy
  • Feb 8 Coal mine explosion at Dawson, New Mexico kills 120
  • Feb 8 German NSDAP Volkischer Beobachter newspaper becomes a daily
  • Feb 9 Soviet Aeroflot airlines forms
  • Feb 10 Ink paste manufactured for 1st time by Standard Ink Company
  • Feb 10 Owen Davis' "Icebound" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 10 SDAP speaks out against allied occupation of the Ruhr
  • Feb 13 1st Black pro Basketball team, "Renaissance", organizes
  • Feb 16 Allies accept Latvia's occupation of Memel territory

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Feb 16 Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb and finds the sarcophagus

Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • Feb 16 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard
  • Feb 16 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger

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Feb 17 Ottawa Senator Cy Denneny becomes NHL's all time scorer (143 goals)

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • Feb 18 Belgium: Borinage-mine workers strike for higher wages
  • Feb 19 Jean Sibelius' 6th Symphony premieres
  • Feb 19 Philip Barry's "You & I" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 20 Christy Mathewson becomes President of Boston Braves
  • Feb 21 Andre Charlot's musical "Rats" premieres in London
  • Feb 22 1st successful chinchilla farm in US (Los Angeles California)
  • Feb 22 Transcontinental airmail service begins
  • Feb 23 German Republic day with laws against worker
  • Feb 23 Great Britain lowers import duty on German products from 26% to 5%
  • Feb 24 Flying Scotsman goes into service
  • Feb 24 Mass arrests in US of mafia
  • Feb 25 Bread in Berlin rises to 2,000 marks
  • Feb 26 Italian nationalist & fascists merge (blue-shirts & black-shirts)
  • Feb 28 Swedish king Gustaaf V begins state visit to Netherlands

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Al "Red" Schoendienst, baseball manager/2nd baseman (St Louis Cards)
  • Feb 2 Bonita Granville, actress (Hitler's Children, Lone Ranger), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 2 James Dickey, poet/actor (Deliverance), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 2 [Mary Elizabeth] Liz Smith, journalist and gossip columnist (WNBC, NY Daily News), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Feb 2 Peter Fowler, physicist
  • Feb 3 Alys Robi, Quebec singer
  • Feb 4 Conrad Bain, Alberta Canada, actor (Maude, Diff'rent Strokes), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 5 Stephen J Cannell, TV producer/writer
  • Feb 5 Claude King, American country music singer (Wolverton Mountain), born in Keithville, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • Feb 5 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, born in Basin, Wyoming (d. 2016)
  • Feb 6 Maurice Le Roux, composer
  • Feb 7 George H H Lascelles, English earl of Harewood/leader (Covent Garden)
  • Feb 7 Keefe Brasselle, actor (Be Our Guest), born in Elyria, Ohio
  • Feb 7 Martha Holmes, American photographer (d. 2006)
  • Feb 8 Andrew MacElhone, bar owner

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Feb 9 Brendan Behan, author/poet (Hostage), born in Dublin, Ireland

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • Feb 9 Kathryn Grayson, NC, vocalist/actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate)
  • Feb 9 Norman E Shumway, Mich, pioneer cardiac transplant surgeon
  • Feb 10 Cesare Siepi, Milan Italy, basso (NY Metropolitan Opera)
  • Feb 11 Baroness Sharples, made a life peer after the assassination of her husband (Sir Richard Sharples)
  • Feb 11 Ronald Arculus, British diplomat
  • Feb 12 Franco Zeffirelli, Italian director (Romeo & Juliet), born in Florence
  • Feb 12 James Abdnor, (Sen-R-SD, 1981-87), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 12 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), born in New York City (d. 1998)
  • Feb 12 Chaskel Besser, Orthodox rabbi
  • Feb 12 James Chichester-Clark, Irish politician, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1969-71), born in Moyola Park, Londonderry (d. 2002)
  • Feb 13 Chuck Yeagar, US test pilot (1st man to break sound barrier)
  • Feb 13 Michael Anthony Bilandic, American politician (d. 2002)
  • Feb 13 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese violinist (d. 2003)
  • Feb 14 Derrick Holden-Brown, CEO (Allied-Lyons)
  • Feb 14 Jay Herbert, golfer (1960 PGA winner)
  • Feb 15 Justice Drake, British justice
  • Feb 15 Keene Curtis, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Magician, Amanda's)
  • Feb 15 Yelena Bonner, Moscow, soviet disident/wife of Andre Sakharov
  • Feb 17 Alden Winship Clausen, Hamilton Ill, banker (President of World Bank)
  • Feb 18 Allan Melvin, actor (Brady Bunch, Barney-All in Family), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Feb 19 Donald Lybbert, composer
  • Feb 20 Forbes Burnham, premier Guyana (1964-85)
  • Feb 21 Lucille Bremer, Amsterdam, New York, American actress/dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis, Ziegfeld Follies)
  • Feb 21 Zvi Zeitlin, Dubrovnik Yugoslavia, violinist/prof (Eastman School)
  • Feb 23 Gery Florizoone, Flemish poet
  • Feb 23 Dante Lavelli, AAFC/NFL end wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • Feb 23 Rafael Addiego Bruno, Uruguayan politician
  • Feb 24 David Soyer, American cellist
  • Feb 25 Roger Parker, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • Feb 27 Dexter Gordon, US, tenor saxophonist/actor (Connection)
  • Feb 27 Viktor Kalabis, composer
  • Feb 28 Charles Durning, Highland Falls NY, actor (Fury, Sting, Tootsie), (d. 2012)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 6 Edward E Barnard, US astronomer (5th moon Jupiter), dies at 65

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Feb 10 Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist who discovered X-rays (Nobel 1901), dies of cancer at 77

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Wilhelm Röntgen
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Wilhelm Röntgen
  • Feb 11 Wilhelm Killing, German mathematician (b. 1847)
  • Feb 15 Josephine Beall Bruce, African American activist, dies at 69
  • Feb 19 Jeronimo Gimenez y Bellido, composer, dies at 68
  • Feb 27 Charles Francis Abdy Williams, composer, dies at 67