On This Day

What Happened in February 1882

Historical Events

Historic Event

Feb 3 Circus owner P. T. Barnum buys his world-famous elephant Jumbo

  • Feb 6 The society of the Knights of Columbus forms in New Haven, Connecticut

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 7 Last bare knuckle champion John L. Sullivan KOs Paddy Ryan in Miss

  • Feb 10 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera "Snyegurochka" premieres in St Petersburg
  • Feb 12 Social-Democratic Union forms in Amsterdam
  • Feb 15 SS Dunedin leaves New Zealand for Britain with the first cargo of frozen meat.
  • Feb 17 Australian cricket opening bowlers Joey Palmer (7/68) and Edwin Evans (3/64) dismiss England for 133 in 2nd Test; first Test match played at Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Feb 21 NYC's 24 hour race begins, winner with most mileage in 24 hours
  • Feb 22 With 120 miles James Saunders wins NYC's 24 hour race & $100 prize
  • Feb 22 The Serbian kingdom is refounded.
  • Feb 28 1st US college cooperative store opens, at Harvard University

Famous Birthdays

James Joyce

Feb 2 James Joyce, Irish novelist and poet (Dubliners, Ulysses, Finnigan's Wake), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1941)

  • Feb 2 James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold)
  • Feb 2 Andrew, Prince of Greece and Denmark, born in Monte Carlo, Monaco (d. 1944)
  • Feb 3 Trijntje Jansma-Boskma; oldest person in the Netherlands
  • Feb 5 Felice Lattuada, Italian composer and educator (Civica Scuola di Musica, Milan, 1935-62), born at Caselle di Morimondo, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1962)
  • Feb 7 Wilbur Sweatman, American ragtime and dixieland jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, born in Brunswick, Missouri (d. 1961) [1]
  • Feb 8 George Siegmann, American actor (Birth of Nation, Queen of Sheba, Oliver Twist), born in NYC, New York (d. 1928)
  • Feb 8 Thomas Selfridge, American army officer, 1st person to die in an airplane crash, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1908)
  • Feb 9 Tom Campbell, South African cricket wicket-keeper (5 Tests, 8 dismissals), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1924)
  • Feb 11 Gheorghe Cucu, Romanian composer, born in Puiești, Romania (d. 1932)
  • Feb 12 Walter Vaes, Flemish painter/etcher
  • Feb 14 George Jean Nathan, American editor, author and critic (American Mercury), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 1958)
  • Feb 14 Ignaz Friedman, Polish pianist & composer, born in Podgórze, Kraków, Austrian Poland (d. 1948)

John Barrymore

Feb 15 John Barrymore, American actor (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1942)

  • Feb 17 Kurt Schindler, German-American composer and conductor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1935)
  • Feb 22 Eric Gill, England, sculptor/engraver/typographer (Perpetua)
  • Feb 23 Ladislav Vycpalek, composer
  • Feb 25 Jozef Goossenaerts, Flemish philologist (Language boundary)
  • Feb 26 Walter Lucht, German artillery general (WW I/WW II)
  • Feb 26 Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral, commander of the Pacific Fleet during Pearl Harbour Attack, born in Henderson, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • Feb 28 Geraldine Farrar, American soprano and actress (Story of American Singer), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • Feb 28 Jose Vasconcelos, politician, essayist, philosopher, born in Oaxaca, Mexico (d. 1959)
  • Feb 28 Richard Stein, German composer, born in Halle, Germany (d. 1942)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Fabio Campana, composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 3 Guglielmo Quarenghi, Italian composer and cellist, dies at 55
  • Feb 11 Gustav Schmidt, composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 13 Henry Highland Garnet, diplomat, dies in Monrovia Liberia at 66
  • Feb 28 John Romney Robinson, Irish astronomer and physicist, dies at 89