What Happened in February 1929

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 1st clean & jerk of 400 lbs (182 kg), Charles Rigoulet, 402½ lbs
  • Feb 1 "The Broadway Melody" directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Bessie Love is released. 1st film with sound to win an Oscar (Outstanding Picture 1930)
  • Feb 3 Revolutionary Socialist Party forms in Amsterdam
  • Feb 4 Archie Jackson scores 164 in Test Cricket debut v England at Adelaide
  • Feb 5 Jimmy Hatlo's "They'll Do It Every Time" cartoon debuts in San Francisco
  • Feb 6 Rudy Vallee recorded "Deep Night"
  • Feb 8 KOY-AM in Phoenix Arizona begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 9 USSR, Estonia, Latvia, Poland & Romania sign Litvinov's Pact, providing for renunciation of war among its signatories
  • Feb 10 Bishop Stephen Alencastre dedicates the beautiful Romanesque church of Saint Patrick in Honolulu
  • Feb 11 Eugene O'Neill's "Dynamo" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 11 Vatican City (world's smallest country) made an enclave of Rome
  • Feb 12 Karst Leemburg wins Dutch 11 cities skate (11:30)
  • Feb 13 Cruiser Act, USA, approves the construction of 19 new cruisers & an aircraft carrier
  • Feb 13 Vladimir Mayakofsky's "Klop" premieres in Moscow

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Feb 14 St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone's orders

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Al Capone
  • Feb 16 KID-AM in Idaho Falls ID begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 19 Medical diathermy machine 1st used, Schenectady, NY
  • Feb 20 American Samoa organizes as territory of US
  • Feb 20 Red Sox announce they will play Sunday games at Braves Field

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Feb 26 US President Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park

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Calvin Coolidge
  • Feb 27 Turkey signs Litvinov-pact
  • Feb 28 Chic Black Hawks lose record NHL 15th straight game at home

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Reiner Bredemeyer, composer
  • Feb 3 Russell Arms, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Berkeley, California
  • Feb 3 Ken Shipp, American football coach
  • Feb 4 Mary Joan Nielubowicz, rear admiral/nurse
  • Feb 4 Paul Burlison, rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), born in Brownsville, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • Feb 4 Jerry Adler, American actor
  • Feb 5 Fred Sinowatz, Austrian politician
  • Feb 5 Al Worthington, baseball player
  • Feb 6 Sixten Jernberg, Swedish skier (Olympic gold 1956/60/64), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 6 Pierre Brice, French actor
  • Feb 6 Oscar Sambrano Urdaneta, Venezuelan writer
  • Feb 9 Bill Barrett, (Rep-R-Nebraska)
  • Feb 9 James Mulcro Drew, composer
  • Feb 9 Lennox Butler, cricketer (1 Test WI v Aust 1955, 16 & 2-151)
  • Feb 9 Willem Kersters, Flemish composer (Parwati, Gospel Song)
  • Feb 9 Clement Meadmore, Australian-born sculptor (d. 2005)
  • Feb 10 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian 15K/18K cross country (Oly-gold-1952, 56)
  • Feb 10 Henk Heidweiler, Surinam ambassador (in Netherlands)
  • Feb 10 Jerry Goldsmith, pianist and composer (Twilight Zone)
  • Feb 10 Jim Whittacker, mountain climber (1st American to climb Mt Everest)
  • Feb 11 Leonard Gregory Kastle, composer
  • Feb 12 Agustin Gonzalez Acilu, Spanish composer, born in Alsasua
  • Feb 13 Omar Torrijos Herrera, president Panama
  • Feb 14 Matthew G Martinez, (Rep-D-CA, 1982- )
  • Feb 14 Vic Morrow, American actor (Combat, Roots, Twilight Zone the Movie), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 15 Gerald Harper, broadcaster/actor (Tunes of Glory, Extra Day)
  • Feb 15 Graham Hill, auto racer (1962, 68 international racing champ), born in London, England
  • Feb 15 James Schlesinger, US Secretary of Defense (1973-75)
  • Feb 16 Peter NF Porter, Australian/British author/poet (Chair of Babel)
  • Feb 16 Gerhard Hanappi, Austrian footballer (d. 1980)
  • Feb 17 Chaim Potok, American novelist (Promise), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 17 Paul Meger, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 17 Nicholas Ridley, Lord Ridley of Liddesdale, English politician, Minister of Finance, born in Northumberland (d. 1993)
  • Feb 18 Leonard Cyril Deighton, English author (Ipcress File, Fighter)
  • Feb 18 André Mathieu, Quebec composer (d. 1968)
  • Feb 19 Jacques Deray, French film director (d. 2003)
  • Feb 20 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Kitty Russell-Gunsmoke), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1989)
  • Feb 20 Toshiro Mayuzumi, composer (Sphenogramme), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Feb 21 James Beck, English actor (d. 1973)
  • Feb 21 Henry Kloss, American audio engineer (acoustic loudspeaker), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • Feb 22 Marni Nixon, American singer (for Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood & Deborah Kerr), born in Altadena, California (d. 2016)
  • Feb 22 Ryne Duren, near-sighted pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 22 James Hong, American actor
  • Feb 22 Rebecca Schull, American actress
  • Feb 23 Eduard W "Ed" Bauer, [Eddy Evers], Dutch actor (Bluejackets)
  • Feb 23 Elston Howard, Yankee catcher (1st African American NY Yankee/1963 AL MVP)
  • Feb 23 Richard Moryl, composer
  • Feb 24 David Houston, Major-General/Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland
  • Feb 24 Richard B Shull, Evanston Ill, actor (Diana, Holmes & Yoyo)
  • Feb 25 Peter Bingham Hinchcliff, British church historian (1 Sided Reciprocity)
  • Feb 25 Tommy Newsom, Va, musician/bandleader/saxophonist (Tonight Show)
  • Feb 27 Djalma Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • Feb 27 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (d. 2008)
  • Feb 28 Frank O Gehry, architect (Galleria-Oklahoma City)
  • Feb 28 Hayden Fry, American football coach
  • Feb 28 John Montague, Irish poet and 1st occupant of the Ireland Chair of Poetry, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 28 Joseph Rouleau, French Canadian bass opera singer

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 August Otto Halm, composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 3 Agner Krarup Erlang, Danish scientist (b. 1878)
  • Feb 5 Siegfried Ochs, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 8 Maria Christina of Austria, queen of Spain, dies at 71
  • Feb 12 Freiherr Albert von Schrenk-Notzing, Ger para-psychologist, dies at 66
  • Feb 12 Lillie Langtry, British singer and actress (b. 1853)
  • Feb 14 Tom Burke, American runner (b. 1875)
  • Feb 17 John Read, cricketer (batted in 17 Tests for Eng for 463 runs), dies
  • Feb 24 Andre-Charles-Prosper Messager, composer, dies at 75
  • Feb 27 Manuel Manrique de Lara y Berry, composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 28 Clemens Freiherr von Pirquet, Austrian artist (React of P), dies at 54
  • Feb 28 John Ebenezer West, composer, dies at 65