February 1918 in History

Events in History

  • 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
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • 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 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

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Maurice Laing, life president (John Laing)

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Feb 1 Muriel Spark, novelist (Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

Author Muriel Spark
Muriel Spark
  • Feb 2 Hella [S Lelyveld-]Haasse, Dutch author (Cider for Poor People)
  • Feb 3 Joey Bishop, [Gottlieb], talk show host (Joey Bishop Show), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Feb 4 Luigi Pareyson, Italian philosopher (d. 1991)
  • Feb 6 Lothar-G√ľnther Buchheim, German author (d. 2007)
  • Feb 7 Markey Robinson, Northern Irish painter (d. 1999)
  • Feb 8 John Intoxication, resistance fighter
  • Feb 8 Lord Maxd Rayne, English broker/multi-millionaire
  • Feb 10 Gordon Pirie, England, Group Captain
  • Feb 10 Idwal Pugh, British ombudsman
  • Feb 11 Margaret Heldt, American hairdresser who created the Beehive, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 12 Julian S Schwinger, US physicist
  • Feb 17 Charles A Hayes, (Rep-D-IL, 1983- )
  • Feb 17 Olive Gibbs, peace campaigner
  • Feb 18 Jane Loevinger, American psychologist (d. 2008).
  • Feb 20 Leonore Annenberg American Billionaire
  • Feb 22 Robert Wadlow, Alton Ill, tallest known human (2.72 m, 8' 11.1")
  • Feb 23 Dom Aelred Watkin, headmaster (Downside School)
  • Feb 23 Richard G. Butler, American fascist (d. 2004)
  • Feb 26 Otis R Bowen, US Sec of Health & Human Services (1985-89)
  • Feb 26 Theodore [Hamilton] Sturgeon, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 6 Gustav Klimt, Austrian painter/cartoonist, dies at 55
  • Feb 9 Emiel van der Straeten, [Delrue], Flemish playwright, dies at 30
  • Feb 10 Abdul Hamid II Ottoman Sultan (b. 1842)

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Feb 10 Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Italian pacifist, Nobel Prize Laureate, dies at 84

Italian Pacifist Ernesto Teodoro Moneta
Italian Pacifist
Ernesto Teodoro Moneta

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Feb 17 Wilfrid Laurier, Canadian PM (1896-1911), dies

Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier
Prime Minister of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier