Historical Events in February 1918

  • Feb 1 Franz Lehar's opera "Wo die Lerche singt" premieres in Budapest
  • Feb 1 Kern, Bolton & Wodehouse's musical premieres in NYC
  • Feb 1 Russia adopts Gregorian calender (becomes Feb 14)
  • Feb 3 Twin Peaks Tunnel longest (11,920 feet) streetcar tunnel begins service
  • Feb 5 1st US pilot to down an enemy airplane, Stephen W Thompson
  • Feb 5 Separation of church & state begins in USSR
  • Feb 6 Britain grants women (30 & over) vote
  • Feb 8 "Stars & Stripes,", weekly US armed forces newspaper, 1st published
  • Feb 9 US Army chaplain school organizes at Ft Monroe, Va
  • Feb 9 Sacha Guitry's "Deburan" premieres in Paris

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Feb 10 Trotsky declares that Russia is leaving the war

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
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  • Feb 10 In Finland, General Carl G. Von Mannerheim gathers an army known as the 'White Guard' to mount a counter revolution against the Bolshevik 'Red Guard'
  • Feb 11 US President Wilson makes another speech before Congress and announces 'the Four Principles' - freedom of navigation, and end to secret diplomacy, and similar items - that supplement his Fourteen Points
  • Feb 14 H Atteridge & S Rombergs musical "Sinbad," premieres in NYC
  • Feb 14 USSR adopts New Style (Gregorian) calendar (originally Feb 1)
  • Feb 15 US army troop ship torpedoed & sunk by Germany off Ireland
  • Feb 15 Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania adopt Gregorian calendar
  • Feb 16 Lithuania declares independence from Russia & Germany (National Day)
  • Feb 18 Germany renews its offensive against the Russians, making dramatic gains against disorganized and dispirited Russian troops
  • Feb 21 Australians chase Turkish troop out of Jericho, Dutch Palestine
  • Feb 21 The last Carolina parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.
  • Feb 22 Germany claims Baltic states, Finland & Ukraine from Russia
  • Feb 23 First victory of Red Army over the Kaiser's German troops near Narva and Pskov. Since 1923 this date become the Day of Red Army in honour of this victory.
  • Feb 24 Estonia declares independence from Russia
  • Feb 26 Stands at Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse & burn, killing 604