February 1900 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 3 Rival forces fight for control of the Union Park ball grounds in Balt
  • Feb 3 Gubernatorial candidate William Goebel is assassinated in Frankfort, Kentucky.
  • Feb 5 British troops under Gen Buller occupy Vaal Krantz, Natal
  • Feb 5 The United States and the United Kingdom sign treaty for Panama Canal
  • Feb 6 The Battle of Vaal Krantz, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • Feb 7 British troops vacate Vaal Krantz, Natal
  • Feb 10 Peter Ostlund skates world record 500m (45.2 sec)
  • Feb 14 Russia responds to international pressure to free Finland by tightening imperial control over the country.
  • Feb 15 General French relieves Kimberley/Cecil Rhodes
  • Feb 15 British troops relieve Kimberly, South Africa, under siege by the Boers since October 1899
  • Feb 16 1st Chinese daily newspaper in US publishes (Chung Sai Yat Po-SF)
  • Feb 18 Battle at Paardeberg, 1,270 British killed/injured
  • Feb 18 British troops occupy Monte Christo, Natal
  • Feb 19 British troops occupy Hlangwane, Natal
  • Feb 22 Battle at Wynne's Hill, South-Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • Feb 22 Hawaii became a US territory
  • Feb 23 Battle at Hart's Hill, South-Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • Feb 23 Steamer "Rio de Janeiro" sinks in SF Bay
  • Feb 27 Battle at Pietershoogte during the Boer War
  • Feb 27 Boer General Cronjé surrenders to British in Pardenberg, South Africa
  • Feb 27 In London, the Trades Union Congress and the Independent Labour Party (formed in 1893) meet, resulting in a Labour Representative Committee and eventually the modern Labour Party in 1906
  • Feb 28 General Buller's troops relieve Ladysmith Natal

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 2 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, born in Salem, New Jersey (d. 1988)
  • Feb 5 Adlai E Stevenson, (Gov-D-Ill), presidential candidate (D) (1952, 1956)
  • Feb 6 Rudolf Vornlund, Swedish playwright (Heliga Familjen)
  • Feb 8 John Cameron, Scottish judge, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Feb 8 Ivan Ivanov-Vano Soviet animator and Russian animation director (d. 1987)
  • Feb 11 Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher
  • Feb 11 Thomas Hitchcock Jr, great polo player (Westchester Cup 1924,27,30,39)
  • Feb 11 Josei Toda, Japanese educator (d. 1958)
  • Feb 19 Giorgos Seferis, writer
  • Feb 20 Graham Spry, St Thomas Ontario, Canadian radio pioneer
  • Feb 22 Giorgios Seferis, Greece, poet (Nobel 1963)
  • Feb 22 Seán Ó Faoláin [John Whelan], Irish short story writer (Murder at Cobbler's Hulk)
  • Feb 28 Laura Z Hobson, writer
  • Feb 28 Wolfram Hirth, German pilot (d. 1959)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 16 George Labram, US mine engineer in South Africa, dies in battle
  • Feb 18 Clinton L. Merriam, American politician (b. 1824)
  • Feb 18 Eugenio Beltrami, Italian Mathematician (non-Euclidean geometry), dies at 64
  • Feb 23 William Butterfield, architect of the Gothic revival, dies