What Happened in February 1924

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Amsterdam's Netherlands Press Museum opens

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Feb 1 Ramsay MacDonald's incoming Labour government formally recognizes the Soviet Union

British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald
British Prime Minister
Ramsay MacDonald
  • Feb 1 Soccer team VSV Tonido forms in Voorburg
  • Feb 2 International Ski Federation (FIS) forms
  • Feb 3 Alexei Ryko elected as President of People's commission (succeeds Lenin)
  • Feb 4 1st Winter Olympic games close at Chamonix, France
  • Feb 4 George Kelly's "Show-Off," premieres in NYC
  • Feb 5 The Royal Greenwich Observatory begin broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the "BBC pips".

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Feb 7 Benito Mussolini's Italian government exchanges diplomats with USSR

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Feb 8 1st US coast-to-coast radio hookup: Gen John Joseph Carty speech in Chic
  • Feb 9 Nakhichevan ASSR constituted within Azerbaijan SSR
  • Feb 10 Bucky Harris, 27, becomes youngest baseball manager (Wash Senators)
  • Feb 12 George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" premieres at Aeolian Hall, NYC
  • Feb 12 George Kaufman's "Beggar on Horseback" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 14 IBM Corporation founded by Thomas Watson
  • Feb 15 A deputation for the South African Indian Congress (SAIC) meets with the Minister of the Interior, Sir Patrick Duncan, and presents him with a memorandum setting out their objections concerning the Class Areas Bill
  • Feb 17 Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard freestyle record (52.4 seconds)
  • Feb 18 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard
  • Feb 18 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
  • Feb 18 US Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby resigns due to Teapot Dome scandal
  • Feb 24 Greek parliament proclaims republic
  • Feb 24 Johnny Weissmuller, swims 100m record (57 2/5 secs)

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Feb 24 Mahatma Gandhi released from jail

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Feb 25 Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland HS basketball game (163-3)

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Feb 26 Trial against Hitler in Munich begins

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Feb 27 Belgium's Theunis government falls
  • Feb 28 US begins intervention in Honduras

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 H. Richard Hornberger, American writer (d. 1997)
  • Feb 1 Ben Weider, Quebec businessman and author
  • Feb 2 Tine Balder, [Clementine AL Cobbaut], Flemish actress (Antigone)
  • Feb 2 Elfi von Dassanowsky, Austrian-American producer and musician
  • Feb 5 Robert Lynn, anarchist
  • Feb 6 Billy Wright, English soccer player
  • Feb 6 Paolo Volponi, Italian communist/author (Road to Rome)
  • Feb 6 Jin yong, Chinese novelist
  • Feb 7 Cathy Long, (Rep-D-LA, 1985-86)
  • Feb 7 Dora Bryan, [Broadhurst], English actress (Taste of Honey), born in Southport England, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 7 Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Amsterdam folk vocalist
  • Feb 8 Joe Black, baseball player
  • Feb 9 George Guest, British organist
  • Feb 10 Bud (Norman) Poile, NHLer
  • Feb 10 Randy Van Horne, vocalist (Nat King Cole Show), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Feb 11 Mary Tregear, Oriental art historian
  • Feb 12 Hans Berghuis, Dutch author/poet (3 Women, Adam)
  • Feb 13 Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, French economist/politician
  • Feb 14 Arghyris Kounadis, composer
  • Feb 14 Countess Mountbatten, of Burma
  • Feb 16 James Swaffield, director-general (Swaffield & Clerk to the GLC)
  • Feb 16 Peter Webster, British High Court Judge
  • Feb 17 Margaret Truman, Mo, pres daughter/writer (Murder at FBI)/pianist
  • Feb 17 Gevork Vartanian, Iran, Soviet intelligence agent (Operation Long Jump), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 18 Humberto Fernández Morán, Venezuelan scientist (d. 1999)
  • Feb 18 Louis Laberge, Quebec labour union leader (d. 2002)
  • Feb 19 Bruce Norris, NHL owner (Detroit Red Wings)

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Feb 19 Lee Marvin, American actor (Paint Your Wagon, Cat Ballou), born in NYC, New York

Actor Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
  • Feb 19 David Bronstein, Ukrainian chess player (d. 2006)
  • Feb 20 Gloria Vanderbilt, don't my jeans look great (poor little rich girl)

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Feb 21 Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean revolutionary, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe (1980-87) and President of Zimbabwe (1988- ), born in Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • Feb 23 Lejaren Hiller, composer
  • Feb 24 Lionel Dakers, director (Royal School of Church Music)
  • Feb 24 William Pillar, British admiral
  • Feb 25 Peg Ridge, peace campaigner
  • Feb 26 Mark Bucci, American composer (1959 Arts & Letters Award), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 26 Noboru Takeshita, Japanese PM (1987-89)
  • Feb 27 M M Shearer, former Lord Lieutenant of Shetland
  • Feb 27 Norman Marshall, cricketer (brother of Roy, one Test for WI 1955)
  • Feb 28 Robert A Roe, (Rep-D-NJ, 1969- )
  • Feb 29 David Beattie, British governor-general of NZ
  • Feb 29 Otto Hutter, physiologist
  • Feb 29 Al Rosen, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and baseball executive, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)

Famous Weddings

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Feb 4 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (22) weds pianist Lil Armstrong (26)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

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Feb 26 Astronomer Edwin Hubble (34) weds Grace Burke in Pasadena, California

Astronomer Edwin Hubble
Edwin Hubble

Famous Deaths

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Feb 3 Woodrow Wilson, 28th US president (1913-21), dies at his home in Washington at 67

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • Feb 5 Alexis Hollander, composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 8 Gee John, US mobster (1st executed in gas chamber-Nevada), dies
  • Feb 9 Nils Kj'r, Norwegian playwright (Det Lykkelige Valg), dies at 53
  • Feb 15 Lionel Monckton, English composer (Country Girl), dies at 62
  • Feb 17 Oskar Merikanto, composer, dies at 55

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Feb 17 Henry Bacon, American architect (Lincoln Memorial), dies at 57

Architect Henry Bacon
Henry Bacon
  • Feb 21 Salvatore Auteri Manzocchi, composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 24 Edmond Picard, Fren/Belgium writer (Ambidextre journalist), dies at 87