What Happened in February 1889

Historical Events

  • Feb 7 Astronomical Society of Pacific holds 1st meeting in San Francisco
  • Feb 8 Flood ravages Dutch coast
  • Feb 9 The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is established as a Cabinet-level agency.
  • Feb 11 Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890
  • Feb 12 Caesar Franck's Symphony in D premieres
  • Feb 12 Henrik Ibsen's "Fruen fra Haven" premieres in Oslo
  • Feb 14 1st train load of fruit (oranges) leaves LA for east
  • Feb 22 US President Cleveland signs bill to admit Dakotas, Montana & Washington state to the union

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Gertrude Caton-Thompson, British archaeologist (Zimbabwe, So Arabia)
  • Feb 3 Carl Theodor Dreyer, Danish director (Passion of Jeanne d'arc)
  • Feb 3 Risto Ryti, Finnish premier/president
  • Feb 4 Walter Catlett, American actor (Climax, Front Page, Tale of 2 Cities), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1960)
  • Feb 5 Elias Henry "Patsy" Hendren, cricketer (prolific England bat of 20's)
  • Feb 5 Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (1st Lancastrian to score a hundred 100's), born in Worsley, Lancashire, England (d. 1962)
  • Feb 5 Ioan Dumitru Chirescu, composer
  • Feb 6 Karel Wellens, Flemish painter
  • Feb 6 Siegfried Kracauer, writer
  • Feb 7 Harry Nyquist, important contributor to information theory (d. 1976)
  • Feb 10 Howard Spring, British author/novelist/writer/critic (O Absalom)
  • Feb 11 Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, composer
  • Feb 17 H[aroldson] L Hunt, Texas oil multi-millionaire
  • Feb 18 Sybold van Ravesteyn, architect (Blijdorp, CS Rotterdam, Utrecht)
  • Feb 19 Jose Eustasio Rivera, Colombian poet and novelist (Vortex)
  • Feb 20 Levko Mykolayevich Revutsky, composer
  • Feb 21 Felix Aylmer, British actor (Anastasia, Hamlet, Iron Duke, Macbeth, St Joan), born in Corsham, Wiltshire, England (d. 1979)
  • Feb 22 Robin G Collingwood, English philosopher (Roman Britain)
  • Feb 22 Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guide (d. 1977)
  • Feb 23 Frederik M baron of Asbeck, Dutch lawyer (League of Nations)

Person of interestVictor Fleming

Feb 23 Victor Fleming, American film director (The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind), born in Pasadena, California (d. 1949)

Director Victor Fleming
Director
Victor Fleming
  • Feb 23 Musidora [Jeanne Roques], French actress and director (Les vampires, Judex), born in Paris, France (d. 1957)
  • Feb 25 Homer S. Ferguson, United States Senator (d. 1982)
  • Feb 28 Victor Sutherland, American actor (Captive City), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 1968)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Joseph Gungl, composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 3 Belle Starr, US female gangster, murdered at 40
  • Feb 12 Andrew Greenwood, English cricketer (batted in England's 1st 2 Tests 1877), dies at 41
  • Feb 13 João Maurício Wanderley, Brazilian magistrate and politician (b. 1885)
  • Feb 26 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (b. 1838)