Historical Events in February 1916

  • Feb 3 Canada's original Parliament buildings in Ottawa burn down
  • Feb 3 Tristan Tzara publishes the Dada manifesto in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Feb 5 Enrico Caruso recorded "O Solo Mio" for the Victor Talking Machine Co
  • Feb 8 French cruiser "Admiral Charner" torpedoed off Syrian coast, kills 374
  • Feb 8 NL votes down Charlie Ebbets proposal to limit 25 cent seats
  • Feb 9 Britain's military service act enforced (conscription)
  • Feb 9 NL votes down a proposal by Giants, Braves, & Cubs to increase club player limit from 21 to 22 (The Reds want to decrease to 20)
  • Feb 10 Military conscription begins in Britain
  • Feb 11 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
  • Feb 11 Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control
  • Feb 11 Germany and Austria-Hungary notify the US that they will sink any armed merchant ships starting on 1 March
  • Feb 12 1st edition of Joseph Patterson/Sidney Smith's strip "The Gumps"
  • Feb 15 NY Yankees buy Frank "Home Run" Baker from the Athletics for $37,500
  • Feb 16 Russian troops conquer the Ottoman Empire city of Erzurum during WWI
  • Feb 16 The US rejects the right of Germany and Austria-Hungary to sink armed merchant ships
  • Feb 16 The German ambassador in Washington announces that Germany will pay an indemnity for American lives lost on the Lusitania
  • Feb 17 Romberg/Hanley/Atteridge/Smith's musical premieres in NYC
  • Feb 18 The last German garrison in the German colony of Cameroons surrenders
  • Feb 21 Battle of Verdun in WW I begins (1 million casualties)
  • Feb 22 The House-Grey Memorandum, drafted by US and Britain, states: 'Should the Allies accept [the American idea of a conference to end the war] and should Germany refuse it, the United States would "probably" enter the war against Germany'
  • Feb 23 Congress authorizes McKinley Memorial $1 gold coin
  • Feb 23 French artillery kills entire French 72nd division at Samogneux Verdun
  • Feb 25 German troops conquer Fort Douaumont near Verdun
  • Feb 26 Germans sink French transport ship Provence II, killing 930

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Feb 26 Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
  • Feb 26 Russian troops conquer Kermansjah Persia