On This Day

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

Theater Premiere

Feb 12 Henrik Ibsen's play "Fruen fra havet" (The Lady from the Sea) 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 Ernest Tyldesley, English cricket batsman (14 Tests, 3 x 100, 6 x 50, HS 138; Lancashire CCC), born in Worsley, England (d. 1962)
  • Feb 5 Ioan Dumitru Chirescu, composer
  • Feb 5 E H (Patsy) Hendren, English cricket batsman (51 Tests, 7 x 100s, HS 205no; 57,611 1st-class runs, 3rd-best ever; Middlesex CCC), born in Turnham Green, England (d. 1962)
  • Feb 6 Karel Wellens, Flemish painter, born in Lummen, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • Feb 6 Siegfried Kracauer, German writer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 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, Russian-Soviet composer (Ice and Steel), born in St. Petersburg (d. 1955)
  • Feb 17 H[aroldson] L Hunt, Texas oil tycoon (East Texas Oil Field), born near Ramsey, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • Feb 18 Sybold van Ravesteyn, architect (Blijdorp, CS Rotterdam, Utrecht)
  • Feb 19 Jose Eustasio Rivera, Colombian poet and novelist (Vortex)
  • Feb 20 Levko Revutsky, Ukrainian composer, music editor, and pedagogue, born in Irzhavets, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1977)
  • Feb 20 Levko Revutskyi, Ukrainian composer, pedagogue, and musicologist, born in Irzhavets, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1977)
  • 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)

Victor Fleming

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

  • 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 27 Freddie Keppard, American jazz cornetist (Original Creole Orchestra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1933)
  • Feb 28 Victor Sutherland, American actor (Captive City), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 1968)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Joseph Gungl, Austro-Hungarian bandmaster and composer of dances and marches, dies at 78
  • Feb 3 Belle Starr, US female gangster, murdered at 40
  • Feb 12 Andrew Greenwood, English cricket batsman (2 Tests, HS 49; Yorkshire CCC), dies from tuberculosis at 41
  • Feb 13 João Maurício Wanderley, Brazilian magistrate and politician (b. 1885)
  • Feb 26 Karl Davydov, Russian virtuoso cellist, dies at 51