What Happened in February 1927

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 Harry Tierney/Joseph McCarthy's "Rio Rita" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 2 Ziegfeld Theater (Loew's Ziegfeld) opens at 6th Ave & 54th St NYC
  • Feb 3 Uprising against regime of general Carmona in Portugal
  • Feb 4 KGA-AM in Spokane WA begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 5 Buster Keaton's movie "The General" released & bombed
  • Feb 8 Belgian-Swiss treaty signed

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Feb 10 US President Calvin Coolidge asks for 2nd disarmament conference

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • Feb 11 US female Figure Skating championship won by Beatrix Loughran
  • Feb 11 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles
  • Feb 12 British expeditionary army lands in Shanghai
  • Feb 13 Uprising against Portuguese regime of Gen Carmona defeated

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 15 Silent film "It Girl" is released in the US starring Clara Bow

Silent Screen Actress Clara Bow
Silent Screen Actress
Clara Bow
  • Feb 16 Noel Coward's "Marquise" premieres in London
  • Feb 16 US restores diplomatic relations with Turkey
  • Feb 18 1st US radio broadcast of "Cities Service Concerts"
  • Feb 18 US & Canada open diplomatic relations
  • Feb 19 General strike against British occupiers in Shanghai
  • Feb 20 Golfers in SC arrested for violating Sabbath
  • Feb 21 Franz Lehr's opera "Der Zarewitsch" premieres
  • Feb 22 ARC soccer team forms in Alphen on the Rhine
  • Feb 22 Baruch Spinosa's house of mourning opened as a museum
  • Feb 23 US President Calvin Coolidge creates Federal Radio Commission (FRC)
  • Feb 24 John Golden Theater (Theatre Masque) opens at 252 W 45th St NYC
  • Feb 25 Gdanks & Polish accord concerning traffic through Polish corridor
  • Feb 27 For 2nd Sunday in a row golfers in SC arrested for violating Sabbath

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Galway Kinnell, American author (Body Rags, Book of Nightmares), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2014)
  • Feb 2 Friedrich K Flick, German industrialist
  • Feb 2 Richard Ray, (Rep-D-GA, 1983- ) [or Jan 2]
  • Feb 2 Richard Vance Maxfield, composer
  • Feb 2 Stan Getz, jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 3 Kenneth Anger, American Underground Filmmaker
  • Feb 3 Val Doonican [Michael Valentine], Irish singer and entertainer, born in Waterford (d. 2015)
  • Feb 3 Joan Lowery Nixon, American writer (d. 2003)
  • Feb 3 Blas Ople, Filipino politician (d. 2003)
  • Feb 5 Robert Brown, Herbrides Is, actor (Here Come the Brides, Primus)
  • Feb 5 Val Dufour, actor (Eugenie Grandet, Another World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 5 Ruth Fertel, American entrepreneur (d. 2002)
  • Feb 6 Smokey Burgess, baseball catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Feb 7 John Buller, British composer, born in London (d. 2004)
  • Feb 7 Vladimir Kuts, Russian runner (d. 1975)
  • Feb 8 John T Myers, (Rep-R-IN, 1967- )
  • Feb 8 Stanley Baker, Ferndale Wales, actor (Concrete Jungle, Zorro, Zulu)
  • Feb 8 Zdenek Zouhar, composer
  • Feb 9 Donald Miller, CEO (Scottish Power)
  • Feb 9 Norman Adams, painter/ceramic sculptor
  • Feb 10 Jakov Lind, German/British author (Counting My Footsteps)

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Feb 10 Leontyne Price, American opera soprano (Porgy & Bess), born in Laurel, Mississippi

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • Feb 10 Nigel Bagnall, British field marshal
  • Feb 10 Viscount Cowdray, British financier/multi-millionaire
  • Feb 12 Anne Gillis, actress (Adv of Tom Sawyer, Little Men), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Feb 13 Harry Wich, Dutch set designer
  • Feb 14 Lois Maxwell, actress (Miss Moneypenny), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Feb 15 Frank Dunlop, director (Edinburgh International Festival)
  • Feb 15 Gottfrid Grasbeck, composer
  • Feb 15 Harvey Korman, American actor (Carol Burnett Show, Blazing Saddles), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • Feb 15 William Bentley, diplomat
  • Feb 16 June Brown, British actress
  • Feb 18 Fazal Mahmood, cricketer (Pakistani medium-pace workhorse 1952-62)
  • Feb 18 John Warner, American politician (Sen-R-VA, 1979-2009) married Elizabeth Taylor, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 18 Tabe Bas, actor/opera vocalist (Leiser Wolf in Anatevka)
  • Feb 18 Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Feb 19 Rene Firino-Martell, cognac manufacturer
  • Feb 20 Roy Cohn, lawyer, "grand inquisitor" (for Sen Joseph McCarthy)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 20 Sidney Poitier, 1st African American actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor ('Lillies in the Field' - 1963), born in Miami, Florida

  • Feb 21 Erma Bombeck, humorist (The Grass is Always Greener over the Septic Tank), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • Feb 21 Hubert de Givenchy, Beauvais France, fashion designer (Audrey Hepburn)
  • Feb 21 Pierre Mercure, composer
  • Feb 22 David Ahlstrom, composer
  • Feb 22 Donald May, actor (Adam-Edge of Night, Colt .45), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 23 Ivan Hrusovsky, composer
  • Feb 24 David Mourao-Ferreira, poet/politician
  • Feb 24 Emmanuelle Riva, French actress (Hiroshima Mon Amour), born in Alsace-Lorraine (d. 2017)
  • Feb 25 Dick Jones, American actor (Buffalo Bill Jr), born in Snyder Texas, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 25 Jacques Monod, composer
  • Feb 25 Jane Nigh, American actress (Lorelei-Big Town, Blue Blood, Rawhide), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1993)
  • Feb 25 Ralph Stanley, Amerian bluegrass musician, born in Dickenson County, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • Feb 25 Rev. Bruce Ritter, Catholic priest and controversial founder of charity Covenant House, born in Trenton New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • Feb 26 Donald Gramm, bass-baritone, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 26 Tom Kennedy, quiz host (You Don't Say, Name That Tune), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Feb 27 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • Feb 27 Lord Belhaven & Stenton
  • Feb 27 Michael Butler, Pro-Provost/chairman (Royal College of Art)
  • Feb 27 Lynn Cartwright, American actress (d. 2004)
  • Feb 28 Bernard Frank, oriental scholar/writer
  • Feb 28 John Swire, British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 4 Thomas Linnemann Laub, composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 5 Inayat Khan, Indian sufi
  • Feb 6 Daniel F Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist/banker, dies at 71
  • Feb 6 Sam Maguire, Irish Republican and Gaelic footballer (b. 1879)
  • Feb 13 Brooks Adams, US philosopher (New Empire), dies at 78
  • Feb 19 Georg Brandes, [Cohen], Danish literary-historian and critic, dies at 85
  • Feb 19 Robert Fuchs, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 23 Sveinbjorn Sveinbjornsson, composer, dies at 79