February 1920 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 1st commercial armored car introduced (St Paul, Minn)
  • Feb 1 Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police
  • Feb 2 Estonia declares its Independence from Russia (Dorpat Peace)
  • Feb 2 France occupies (German) Memel territory
  • Feb 2 Tarto/Dorpat peace treaty: USSR recognizes Estonian independence
  • Feb 4 1st flight from London to South Africa takes-off (lasts 1½ months)
  • Feb 6 Saarland administrated by League of Nations
  • Feb 7 Admiral Kolchak surrenders to Bolshevik troops and is executed
  • Feb 8 Swiss men vote against women's suffrage
  • Feb 8 Bolshevik troops capture Odessa, bringing an end to foreign involvement in the resistance against Bolshevik rule
  • Feb 9 International treaty recognizes Norwegian sovereignty over Svalbard
  • Feb 10 Jozef Haller de Hallenburg performs symbolic wedding of Poland to the sea, celebrating restitution of Polish access to open sea
  • Feb 12 -Apr 26] 14,000 Rotterdam/Amsterdam harbor workers strike
  • Feb 12 NL votes 6-2 for 1 commissioner AL votes 6-2 to keep group commission
  • Feb 13 League of Nations recognizes perpetual neutrality of Switzerland
  • Feb 13 Switzerland rejoins the League of Nations
  • Feb 14 League of Women Voters forms in Chicago
  • Feb 19 Netherlands joins League of Nations
  • Feb 21 Darius Milhaud & Jean Cocteau's ballet, premieres in Paris
  • Feb 22 1st artificial rabbit used at a dog race track (Emeryville, California)
  • Feb 24 NSDAP begins at Hofbrauhaus Munich
  • Feb 24 Peace treaty gives Estonia independence
  • Feb 28 Maurice Ravel's "Le tombeau de Couperin" premieres
  • Feb 29 Trying to maintain independence from Germany and the USSR, Czechoslovakia adopts a constitution

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Kenneth Bond, former vice-chairman
  • Feb 2 An Wang, founder (Wang Labs, Wang Computers)
  • Feb 3 Henry Heimlich, Surgeon and inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2016)
  • Feb 3 George A. Miller, Charleston, West Virginia, cognitive psychologist (the magical number seven), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 4 Derek Worlock, English Roman Catholic Archbishop Liverpool, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Feb 6 James H Scheuer, (Rep-D-NY, 1965-73, 75- )
  • Feb 10 Alexander Comfort, English poet/writer (Wreath for the Living)
  • Feb 10 J Heslop-Harrison, botanist
  • Feb 11 Daniel F[rancis] Galouye, US, sci-fi author (Dark Universe, Last Leap)
  • Feb 11 Farouk I, Cairo, last King of Egypt (1936-52)
  • Feb 11 Paul Peter Piech, artist
  • Feb 12 William Roscoe Estep, Baptist historian and professor (d. 2000)
  • Feb 14 Arnold Elton, consultant surgeon
  • Feb 15 Piet van Aken, Flemish writer (Devil Sails to US, Niggers)
  • Feb 15 Richard O'Brien, CEO (Manpower Services Commission)
  • Feb 15 Endicott Peabody, 62nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • Feb 16 Hubert van Herreweghen, Flemish writer/journalist
  • Feb 16 Anna Mae Hays, American army general
  • Feb 17 Colin Franklin, doctor
  • Feb 17 Trevor Oswald Ling, religious studies professor
  • Feb 18 Bill Cullen, Pitts, TV game show host (over 20 different games)
  • Feb 19 Frances K Bairstow, educator/labor relations consultant
  • Feb 19 C. Z. Guest, American socialite (d. 2003)
  • Feb 19 Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 20 Evgeny Dragunov, Russian weapons designer (d. 1991)
  • Feb 23 David Wright, South African-British poet (Deafness: A Personal Account), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1994)
  • Feb 23 John St Aubyn, 4th Baron St Levan, English peer (St Michael's Mount), born in London (d. 2013)
  • Feb 23 Paul Gérin-Lajoie, French Canadian politician
  • Feb 24 Frank Rogers, CEO (NPA Telegraph)
  • Feb 25 Antony Duff, British diplomat, Head of MI5, advocate for the homeless (d. 2000)
  • Feb 25 Gérard Bessette, Canadian author (d. 2005)
  • Feb 26 Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (d. 2006)
  • Feb 27 David Vere Bendall, former diplomat
  • Feb 28 Jim Olin, (Rep-D-VA, 1983- )
  • Feb 28 Marjorie M Sweeting, English geomorphologist
  • Feb 29 Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72)
  • Feb 29 Ivan Petrov, Russian operatic bass (d. 2003)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 7 Alexander Koltsjak, adm/leader Russian counter-revolutionary, executed
  • Feb 7 Aleksandr Vasilevich Kolchak, Russian military commander (b. 1874)
  • Feb 8 Richard Dehmel, writer, dies at 56
  • Feb 12 Jean Allemane, French socialist/communard (allemanisten), dies at 77
  • Feb 12 Ottalee Baker, Frank "Home Run" Baker's wife, dies at 31
  • Feb 20 Robert E Peary, US pole explorer (North Pole, 6/4/1909), dies at 63
  • Feb 21 Jacinta Marto, witness of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima (b. 1910)
  • Feb 25 Aloys, Liechtenstein nobleman/politician, dies at 73
  • Feb 26 Ludwig Rubiner, writer, dies at 38
  • Feb 27 Alexandru D Xenopol, Romanian historian, dies at 72