On This Day

What Happened in February 1886

Historical Events

Historic Event

Feb 9 US President Grover Cleveland declares a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence

  • Feb 12 2nd British Conservative government of Marquess of Salisbury forms in alliance with Liberal Unionist Party

Historic Event

Feb 13 Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class

  • Feb 23 Aluminum manufacturing process developed
  • Feb 23 "The Times" of London newspaper publishes world's 1st classified ad

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Kurt Baschwitz, German/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Du und)

Frank Lloyd

Feb 2 Frank Lloyd, Scottish actor and director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist, Blood on the Sun), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1960)

  • Feb 3 Erwin Kroll, German composer, born in German Eylau (d. 1976)
  • Feb 6 E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper and umpire (11 Tests), born in Birmingham, Warwickshire (d. 1979)
  • Feb 8 Charlie Ruggles, American actor (Bringing Up Baby, The Patchwork Girl of Oz), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1970)
  • Feb 10 Olin Howland, American actor (Gone With The Wind; Them!; Circus Boy), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • Feb 12 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, Swedish organist & composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1949)
  • Feb 12 Michel Brusselmans, Belgian composer (Flemish Rhapsody), born in Paris, France (d. 1960)
  • Feb 14 Theodor Werner, German painter, born in Jettenburg, Germany (d. 1969)
  • Feb 16 Andrew Ducat, English cricketer and footballer international (Test for Eng 1921), born in London, England (d. 1942)
  • Feb 16 Van Wyck Brooks, American literary historian and writer (Ordeal of Mark Twain)
  • Feb 19 George Luther Foote, American composer, born in Cannes, France (d. 1956)
  • Feb 20 Bela Kun, Czehul Romania, head of Hungarian Soviet Republic (1919)
  • Feb 22 Hugo Ball, German playwright/co-founder Flametti
  • Feb 23 Albert Edward Sammons, British concert violinist and composer, born in Fulham, England (d. 1957)
  • Feb 23 Ventura García Calderón, Peruvian diplomat and author, born in Paris, France (d. 1959)
  • Feb 27 Hugo L Black, Ala, (Sen-D-Ala)/78th Supreme Court justice (1937-71)
  • Feb 28 Jose Gutierrez Solana, Spanish painter and author (Madrid Escenas)
  • Feb 28 Max Vasmer, German slavic (La Tertulia de Pombo)

Famous Weddings

Thomas Edison

Feb 24 Inventor Thomas Edison (38) marries 2nd wife Mina Miller (20) in Akron, Ohio

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 12 Horatio Seymour, American politician (18th Governor of New York), dies at 75