February 1916 in History

Events in History

  • 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 10 Military conscription begins in Britain
  • 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 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 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
  • Feb 26 Russian troops conquer Kermansjah Persia

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Gordon Hobday, Lord Lieutenant (Nottinghamshire)
  • Feb 2 Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (d. 1985)
  • Feb 3 Vivien Signy, nurse (d. 1997)
  • Feb 4 Basil Hembry, farmer/campaigner
  • Feb 4 Gavin Buchanan Ewart, English poet (Pleasures of the Flesh)
  • Feb 4 Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha, 41st master of the Oveyssi-Shahmaghsoudi Sufi Order (d. 1980)
  • Feb 6 John Crank, British mathematician (d. 2006)
  • Feb 10 Edward R Roybal, (Rep-D-CA, 1963- )
  • Feb 11 Bernice Levin Neugarten, social scientist/gerontologist
  • Feb 12 Joseph L Alioto, (Mayor-SF)
  • Feb 14 Masaki Kobayashi, Japanese director (Joi-uchi)
  • Feb 14 Marcel Bigeard, French general
  • Feb 15 Ian Ballantine, publisher (Ballantine Books)
  • Feb 18 Betty Phyllis Gathergood, curator
  • Feb 18 Jean Drapeau, mayor of Montreal (1954- )
  • Feb 23 William Walsh, academic
  • Feb 24 Gene Mitchell, museum director
  • Feb 25 Ian Wallace, British CEO
  • Feb 25 Reinhard Bendix, German sociologist (d. 1991)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 6 Anne C A I van Diest, Belgian physician/feminist, dies at 73
  • Feb 6 Rubén Darío, Nicaraguan writer (b. 1867)
  • Feb 12 J W Richard Dedekind, German mathematician, dies
  • Feb 14 Petko J Todorov, Bulgaria writer (Zmejova), dies at 36
  • Feb 16 Jeltje de Bosch Kemper, Dutch feminist, dies at 79
  • Feb 16 [Gerard] Jan Ligthart, Dutch educator (Ot & Sien), dies at 57
  • Feb 19 Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist/philosopher/psychologist, dies at 78
  • Feb 20 Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Swedish politician (Nobel 1908), dies at 71
  • Feb 28 Henry James, US/British writer (Bostonians), dies in London at 72