February 1909 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah opens
  • Feb 1 US forces withdraw from Cuba after liberal Jose Miguel Gomez becomes president; ensuing political instability will bring a threat of US intervention in 1912
  • Feb 2 Italian writer Marinetti publishes Futurist Manifest in Paris
  • Feb 8 France & Germany sign treaty about Morocco
  • Feb 9 1st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium)
  • Feb 9 1st forestry school is incorporated at Kent, Ohio
  • Feb 12 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms
  • Feb 12 Netherlands' SDAP suspends Marxist Tribune group (Gorter & Wijnkoop)
  • Feb 16 1st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC)
  • Feb 16 Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary
  • Feb 20 Publication of the Futurist Manifesto in the French journal Le Figaro.
  • Feb 21 John Galsworthy's "Strife" premieres in London
  • Feb 22 Great White Fleet, 1st US fleet to circle the globe, returns to Va

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 23 Russian Tsar Nicholas II dissolves Finnish Diet

  • Feb 24 The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded.
  • Feb 26 Austria and Turkey conclude an agreement in which Turkey recognizes Austria's 1908 annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is to receive compensation

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Douglas Hall, Governor (Somaliland Protectorate)
  • Feb 3 M Vasalis [Margaretha Droogleever Fortuyn-Leenmans], poet (Phoenix)
  • Feb 3 Simone Weil, social philosopher/Resistance fighter (WW II), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 4 Kenneth W Howell, English Anglican bishop (Chile/Bolivia/Peru)
  • Feb 7 Hélder Câmara, Roman catholic archbishop (d. 1999)
  • Feb 9 Dean Rusk, US Secretary of State (1961-69)
  • Feb 9 John Eustace Theodore Brancker, lawyer/parliamentarian
  • Feb 10 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist, born at Lichfield (d. 2005)
  • Feb 11 Joseph L Mankiewicz, Wilkes-Barre PA, film writer/director (Sleuth)
  • Feb 14 A Moses Klein, poet (Hath Not a Jew...), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 15 Harold Beeley, British diplomat
  • Feb 15 Miep Gies, Dutch biographer of Anne Frank
  • Feb 16 Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (d. 1998)
  • Feb 18 Wallace Stegner, novelist/critic (Pulitzer-1971-Angle of Repose)
  • Feb 21 Hans Erni, Switz, painter/sculptor
  • Feb 21 Helen O Dickens, [Henderson], US physician/gynaecologist
  • Feb 22 Roderick Barclay, diplomat
  • Feb 24 August William Derleth, Sauk City Wisc, writer (Judge Peck Mysteries)
  • Feb 24 Max Black, Dutch/British/US philosopher (analytical philosophy)
  • Feb 24 Michael Francis Morris Lindsay, orientalist
  • Feb 25 Edgar Pangborn, US, sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy)
  • Feb 25 John Evan "Jasper" Weston Mather, writer
  • Feb 25 Geoffrey Dummer, electronics engineer, first to build integrated circuit / microchip, born in Hull England (d. 2002)
  • Feb 26 Phyllis Fanny Primrose-Pechey Cradock, TV Chef
  • Feb 26 King Talal of Jordan (d. 1972)
  • Feb 28 Stephen Harold Spender, England, poet/critic (Vienna, Edge of Darkness)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 Adolf Stoecker, German anti-semite/prime minister, dies at 73

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 17 Geronimo [one who yawns], Apache chief, dies at 79

Apache Leader Geronimo
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