What Happened in February 1934

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Austrian Chancellor Dollfuss dissolves all political parties but his
  • Feb 2 Dutch RC Bishops warn against fascism/nazism
  • Feb 6 Reds purchase 43-year-old Dazzy Vance from the Cards for $7,500
  • Feb 6 Far right leagues rally in front of the Palais Bourbon in an attempted coup against the French Third Republic, creating a political crisis in France.
  • Feb 7 1st contract for TVA power, Tupelo, Miss
  • Feb 8 Export-Import Bank organizes in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 8 Gaston Doumergue forms new French government
  • Feb 9 -14.3°F (-25.7°C), coldest day in New York City
  • Feb 9 -51°F (-46°C), Vanderbilt, Michigan (state record)
  • Feb 9 Balkan Entente alliance forms (Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey & Romania)
  • Feb 10 1st Jewish immigrant ship to break the English blockade in Palestine
  • Feb 10 Byrd souvenir sheet issued, NYC; 1st unperforated ungummed US stamp

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Feb 10 Howard Hanson's "Merry Mount" premieres in NYC

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

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Feb 10 Stalin ends 17th CPSU-congress, says "Life becomes merrier"

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • Feb 10 Thomson/Gertrude Stein's opera premieres in NYC
  • Feb 12 Export-Import Bank incorporates
  • Feb 12 France hit by a general strike against fascists & royalists
  • Feb 12 The four-day February Uprising, sometimes called the Austrian Civil War, begins.
  • Feb 13 Austrian Dollfuss government bans socialist party
  • Feb 13 The Soviet steamship Cheliuskin sinks in the Arctic Ocean.
  • Feb 14 NHL Ace Bailey Benefit Game: Toronto beats All-Stars 7-3 in Toronto
  • Feb 16 Austrian Civil War ends with the defeat of the Social Democrats and the Republican Schutzbund.
  • Feb 16 Commission of Government is sworn in as form of direct rule for the Dominion of Newfoundland.
  • Feb 17 1st high school auto driving course offered (State College, Penn)
  • Feb 19 US contract air mail service canceled, replaced by US army for 6 months
  • Feb 20 Virgil Thomson's opera "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens in NYC
  • Feb 21 Nicaraguan patriot Augusto Cesar Sandino assassinated by National Guard

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Feb 22 "It Happened One Night" directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert opens at NY's Radio City Music Hall (Outstanding Production 1935)

Actor Clark Gable
Clark Gable
Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
  • Feb 23 Casey Stengel becomes manager of Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Feb 23 Coronation of King Leopold III of Belgium

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Bob Shane, vocalist (Kingston Trio-Scarlet Ribbons)
  • Feb 3 Jeremy Kemp, Chesterfield England, actor (Winds of War)
  • Feb 4 Jouko Sakari Linjama, composer
  • Feb 5 Henry 'Hank' Aaron, Mobile Alabama, baseball player (record 755 HRs, 1957 NL MVP)

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Feb 5 Don Cherry, Canadian hockey commentator (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Kingston, Ontario

Ice Hockey Coach and Commentator Don Cherry
Ice Hockey Coach and Commentator
Don Cherry
  • Feb 6 Bernard Erhard, American voice actor (d. 2000)
  • Feb 7 Earl King [Solomon Johnson], American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Come On), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 7 King Curtis, [Curtis Ousley], US vocalist (Memphis Soul Stew)
  • Feb 7 Piet Bukman, Dutch minister for Development Aid (CDA)
  • Feb 7 Eddie Fenech Adami, President of Malta
  • Feb 8 Galina Bystrova, USSR, pentathelete (1957, 58)
  • Feb 9 John A Ziegler Jr, Grosse Pointe Mich, 4th NHL pres (1977-92)
  • Feb 10 Fleur Adcock, New Zealand poet
  • Feb 11 Francesco Pennisi, composer
  • Feb 11 John Surtees, British race car driver
  • Feb 11 Mary Quant, Kent England, fashion designer (Chelsea Look, Mod Look)
  • Feb 11 Patrick Holmes Sellors, ophthalmologist
  • Feb 11 Tina Louise, actress (Ginger-Gilligan's Island, Julie-Dallas), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 11 Mel Carnahan, American politician (d. 2000)
  • Feb 12 Annette Crosbie, British(?) actress

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Feb 12 Bill Russell, Monroe La, NBAer (Boston Celtics, Oly-gold-56)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Feb 12 Anne Krueger, American economist
  • Feb 13 George Segal, actor/banjo player (Carbon Copy, Fun with Dick & Jane)
  • Feb 14 Florence Henderson, Dale Ind, actress/singer (Carol-Brady Bunch)
  • Feb 14 Marlene Matthews, Australia, sprinter (Oly-2 bronze-1956)
  • Feb 14 Michel Corboz, Swiss conductor
  • Feb 15 Niklaus Wirth, Switzerland, computer programmer/inventor (PASCAL)
  • Feb 15 Graham Kennedy, Australian actor (d. 2005)
  • Feb 16 Austin "Ted" Taylor, US gospel/R&B-singer (Be Ever Wonderful)
  • Feb 16 Marlene Bauer Hagge, Eureka SD, LPGA golfer (1950 Woman Athlete)
  • Feb 16 Harold "Hal" Kalin, American singer (Kalin Twins), born in Port Jervis, New York (d. 2005)
  • Feb 17 Alan Bates, Allestree England, actor (Zorba the Greek, Unmarried Woman)
  • Feb 17 Barry Humphries, Australia TV host (Dame Edna Everage)
  • Feb 18 Skip Battin, singer-songwriter (The Byrds), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • Feb 18 Aldo Ceccato, Milan Italy, conductor (Detroit Symph Orch 1973-77)
  • Feb 19 David Hugh Jones, Poole Dorset England, director (Betrayal)
  • Feb 19 Julian Belfrage, theatre Agent
  • Feb 19 Carole Eastman, American screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • Feb 20 Bobby Unser, auto racer (1968, 75, 81 Indianapolis 500)
  • Feb 20 Myrtle Robertson, 11th Baroness Wharton
  • Feb 21 Rue McClanahan, Healdton Oklahoma, actress (Maude, Golden Girls)
  • Feb 22 Thomas Paul, bass (NYC Opera 1963-70), born in Chicago, Illinois

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Feb 22 Sparky Anderson [George Lee Anderson], Bridgewater South Dakota, American MLB manager (Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers)

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • Feb 24 Bettino Craxi, Italy's 1st socialist premier (1983-87)
  • Feb 24 Flemming Nielsen, Denmark, soccer player (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • Feb 24 Frank Chapot, US, equestrian (Olympic-silver-1960, 1972), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • Feb 24 Linda Cristal, Buenos Aires Arg, actress (Victoria-High Chapparal)
  • Feb 24 Renata Scotto, Savona, Italy, soprano and opera director (Violetta-La Traviata)
  • Feb 24 Shuko Mizuno, composer
  • Feb 24 Bingu wa Mutharika, Thyolo, Nyasaland (Malawi), Malawi President (2004-2012), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 25 Nicholas Edwards, Baron Crickhowell, British Conservative Party politician
  • Feb 25 Michael Wheeler-Booth, Clerk of the Parliaments
  • Feb 25 Robert Neame, British brewer (Shepherd Neame)
  • Feb 25 Bernard Bresslaw, English actor (d. 1993)
  • Feb 26 Ron Gaunt, cricketer (Australian fast bowler late 50s early 60s)
  • Feb 26 Robert Novak, American political columnist

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Feb 27 Ralph Nader, Winsted Connecticut, American consumer advocate (Unsafe at Any Speed)

Political Activist Ralph Nader
Political Activist
Ralph Nader
  • Feb 27 Van Williams, American actor (Green Hornet, Tycoon), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Feb 27 [Navarre] Scott Momaday, US author (House Made of Dawn, Pulitzer 1969)
  • Feb 27 Vincent Fourcade, French interior designer (d. 1992)
  • Feb 28 Willie Bobo, jazz drummer (Cos), born in NYC, New York

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 10 British born actor "North by Northwest" Cary Grant (30) weds "City Lights" actress Virginia Cherrill (26)

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 19 US entertainer Bob Hope weds fellow entertainer Dolores DeFina

Entertainer Bob Hope
Bob Hope

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 24 High-ranking member of British intelligence Kim Philby (22) weds communist Litzi Friedmann in Vienna, Austria

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 26 Theoretical physicist Edward Teller (25) weds Augusta Maria Harkanyi

Physicist Edward Teller
Edward Teller

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Ernesto Nazareth, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 16 Eduard Bagritsky, [Dzjubin], Russ poet/journalist, dies at 38
  • Feb 17 Albert I LCMM von Saksen-Coburg, king of Belgium (1909-34), dies at 58
  • Feb 17 Siegbert Tarrasch, German chess player (b. 1862)
  • Feb 22 Willem Kes, violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 78
  • Feb 23 Augusto Sandino, Nicaraguan patriot, assassinated by National Guard
  • Feb 23 Edward William Elgar, English composer (Coronation Ode), dies at 76
  • Feb 25 Daniel Protheroe, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 25 John J McGraw, manager (NY Giants), dies at 60