What Happened in February 1936

Historical Events

  • Feb 4 1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)
  • Feb 5 National Wildlife Federation forms
  • Feb 6 4th Winter Olympic games open in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • Feb 6 Pravda criticizes Shostakovitch' ballet "Clear Brook"
  • Feb 7 A flag is authorized for US Vice President
  • Feb 7 Felix the Cat, Cartoon Character, by Van Beuren from Otto Messmer
  • Feb 8 1936 NFL Draft (first ever): Jay Berwanger from University of Chicago first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • Feb 8 1st ski jumping tournament, Red Wing, Minn
  • Feb 8 1st successful Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher vs Rangers
  • Feb 8 Pandit Jawaharlal follows Gandhi as chairman of India Congress Party
  • Feb 11 Pumping begins to build Treasure Island in SF Bay
  • Feb 14 National Negro Congress organizes in Chicago
  • Feb 14 US female Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • Feb 14 US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
  • Feb 15 -60°F (-51°C), Parshall, North Dakota (state record)

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Feb 15 Hitler announce building of Volkswagens (the People's Car, aka the Kaefer/beetle)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Feb 15 Sonja Henie, Norway, wins 3rd consecutive Olympic figure skating gold
  • Feb 16 4th Winter Olympic games close at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • Feb 16 Spanish Frente Popular (People's Front) wins elections
  • Feb 17 -58°F (-50°C), McIntosh, South Dakota (state record)
  • Feb 17 S. N. Behrman's play "End of Summer" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 17 The world's first superhero, The Phantom, a cartoon strip by Lee Falk, makes his first appearance in comics.
  • Feb 18 NHL record 32 points scored, NY Americans (28) & Mont Maroons (24)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 19 Manuel Azaña becomes Prime Minister of Spain for the second time

President of the Spanish Republic Manuel Azaña
President of the Spanish Republic
Manuel Azaña
  • Feb 22 Construction on Ypenburg Neth airport begins
  • Feb 23 1st rocket air mail flight, Greenwood Lake, NY
  • Feb 26 Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche's "Volkswagen"
  • Feb 26 Military coup in Japan
  • Feb 27 Willy den Ouden swims world record 100 m free style (1:04.6)

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Feb 29 US President FDR signs 2nd Neutrality Act

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 G H Blake, Principal (Collingwood College, Durham U)
  • Feb 1 Azie Taylor Morton, 35th Treasurer of the United States (d. 2003)
  • Feb 2 Duane Jones, American actor
  • Feb 3 Bob Simpson, Australian cricketer (1965 Wisden Cricketer of the Year)
  • Feb 4 Daan van Golden, Dutch sculptor
  • Feb 4 Gary Conway, actor (Burke's Law, Land of the Giants), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 4 David Brenner, American comedian
  • Feb 6 J. Howard Marshall III, American businessman
  • Feb 8 Cletis Boyer, 3rd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 8 Larry Verne, singer (Custer)
  • Feb 8 Manohar Hardikar, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests India v WI 1958-59)
  • Feb 9 Clive Swift, actor (Frenzy, Passage to India), born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 9 Stompin' Tom Connors, Canadian country singer, (d. 2013)
  • Feb 10 Olwyn Bowey, British artist, born in Stockton-on-Tees, Durham
  • Feb 10 Sylvia Williams, museum director/curator
  • Feb 11 Burt Reynolds, Mich, actor (Evening Shade, Strip Tease, Cannonball)
  • Feb 12 Arnost Parsch, composer
  • Feb 12 Fang Lizhi, Beijing China, Chinese astrophysicist/dissident (Tiananmen Square, 1989), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 12 Joe Don Baker, Groesback Tx, actor (Eischied, Walking Tall, Fletch)
  • Feb 12 Paul Shenar, actor (Carrington-Roots), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 13 John Harris, British(?) cricket player
  • Feb 13 Leamon King, Tulare California, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • Feb 14 Andrew Pine, Jennings Fla, actor (V, WEB, Wide Country)
  • Feb 14 Fanne Foxe, [Annabella Battistella], Argentina, (Wilbur Mills affair)
  • Feb 14 Andrew Prine, American actor
  • Feb 15 Andrew Miller, British principal (Stirling U)
  • Feb 16 Jill Kinmont, American skier

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Feb 16 Carl Icahn, American businessman (Icahn Enterprises), born in NYC, New York

Corporate Raider Carl Icahn
Corporate Raider
Carl Icahn
  • Feb 17 Barry Jarman, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper in 60's)

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Feb 17 Jim Brown, St. Simons Georgia, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Feb 17 Peter Walker, cricket all-rounder (Glamorgan did little for Eng 1960)
  • Feb 18 Marin Sorescu, poet/dramatist
  • Feb 18 Ronald William Eastman, cinematogrpaher
  • Feb 18 Jean Auel, American writer
  • Feb 19 Bob Engemann, American singer (The Lettermen), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • Feb 19 Ione Mylonas Shear, archeologist
  • Feb 20 Larry Hovis, Wapito Wash, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Hogan's Heroes)
  • Feb 20 Marj Dusay, [Mahoney], Russell Ks, actress (Kate-Bret Maverick)
  • Feb 21 Barbara Jordan, (Rep-D-Tx, 1972-78), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 22 Ernie K-Doe [Ernest Kador Jr], African-American R&B singer (Mother-in-Law"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 22 J. Michael Bishop, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate
  • Feb 25 Jonnie Nicely, playmate (Aug, 1956)
  • Feb 25 Norman Orville Scribner, composer
  • Feb 26 Eduard Ivanovich Buinovski, cosmonaut
  • Feb 26 Manmohan Desai, filmmaker
  • Feb 27 Chuck Glaser, Spalding Neb, singer (Glaser Bros-Getting to Me Again)
  • Feb 27 Roger M Mahoney, archbishop of Los Angeles (1985- ), born in Hollywood, California
  • Feb 27 Virginia Maskell, actress (Suspect, Doctor in Love, Man Upstairs)
  • Feb 27 Ron Barassi, Australian rules footballer
  • Feb 29 Alex Rocco, American actor (The Godfather, The Famous Teddy Z), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Feb 29 Alwin Schockemohle, Germany, equestrian jumper (Olympic-gold-1976)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 29 Henri "The Pocket-Rocket" Richard, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • Feb 29 Jack R Lousma, Col USMC/astronaut (Skylab 3, STS-3), born in Grand Rapids Michigan

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 2 Physicist Emilio G. Segrè (31) weds jewish woman Elfriede Spiro at the Great Synagogue of Rome in Italy

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Georgios Kondylis, general of the Greek army and Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1878)
  • Feb 3 Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg, consort of William of Wied, Prince of Albania (b.1885)
  • Feb 4 Wilhelm Gustloff, German leader of the Swiss Nazi party (b. 1895)
  • Feb 9 Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist, dies at 57
  • Feb 16 Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket keeper (23 Tests), electrocuted
  • Feb 17 Erich Schaeder, German theologist (Theozentrische), dies at 74
  • Feb 19 Charles Harding Firth, British historian (b. 1857)
  • Feb 20 John Hope, president of Atlanta University, dies at 67
  • Feb 20 Max Schreck, German actor (Count Orlok-Nosferatu), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Feb 22 Johan M Skjoldborg, Danish writer (Dynaes Digte), dies at 74

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Feb 27 Ivan Pavlov, Russian physiologist (reflexes, Nobel 1904), dies at 86

Physiologist Ivan Pavlov
Physiologist
Ivan Pavlov
  • Feb 27 Joshua W. Alexander, U.S. Secretary of Commerce under Woodrow Wilson (b. 1852)
  • Feb 28 Pedro Munoz Seca, La Caraba/La oca, dies at 55
  • Feb 28 Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1866)