On This Day

What Happened in February 1890

Historical Events

  • Feb 10 Around 11 million acres ceded to US by Sioux Indians, then opened for settlement
  • Feb 20 Amsterdam Theater destroyed by fire
  • Feb 27 D Needham and P Kerrigan box 100 rounds (6 h 39 m) in San Francisco; match is a draw

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Jean J M de Lattre de Tassigny, French gen (Indo-China)
  • Feb 3 Charles [Andy] Correll, US radio comedian
  • Feb 3 Larry MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees), born in Cass City, Michigan (d. 1975)
  • Feb 8 Claro Mayo Recto, Filipino nationalist/opponent of US colonialism
  • Feb 9 Jacobus J P Oud, Dutch architect/co-founder (Stijl)

Boris Pasternak

Feb 10 Boris Pasternak, Russian novelist and poet (Doctor Zhivago, Nobel 1958), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1960)

  • Feb 10 Cor Ruys, Dutch actor (Princess Stage, The Cross-Patch), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1952)
  • Feb 10 Fanny Kaplan, failed assassin of Vladimir Lenin (d. 1918)
  • Feb 11 Jan de Vries, Dutch scholar of Germanic linguistics and Germanic mythology, born in Amsterdam (d. 1964)
  • Feb 11 David Drummond, Australian politician (d. 1965)
  • Feb 14 Nina Hamnett, Welsh artist & writer, born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 1956)
  • Feb 15 Robert Ley, Nazi politician. Committed suicide 1945.
  • Feb 16 Semyon Bogatyrev, Soviet and Russian composer (d. 1960)
  • Feb 18 Adolphe Menjou, American actor (Front Page, Star is Born), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 18 Edward Arnold, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 18 Lauri SA Haarla, Finnish (stage)writer (Juudas, Sukeltaja)
  • Feb 20 Sam Rice, American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1924; AL stolen base leader 1920; Washington Senators 1915-33), born in Morocco, Indiana (d. 1974)
  • Feb 24 Antonio Massana, Spanish composer (Canigó), and Jesuit priest, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1966)
  • Feb 24 Marjorie Main [Mary Tomlinson], American vaudeville and screen actress (The Egg and I; Ma and Pa Kettle films; Another Thin Man), born near Acton, Indiana (d. 1975)
  • Feb 25 Myra Hess, British concert pianist, born in London, England (d. 1955)
  • Feb 28 Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian ballet dancer 'the God of Dance', born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1950) 3/12 NS

Joe Malone

Feb 28 Joe Malone, Canadian Hockey HOF center (only player in NHL history to score 7 goals in a single game 1920; Stanley Cup 1912, 13 Quebec Bulldogs; 1924 Montreal Canadiens), born in Quebec City, Québec (d. 1969)


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 C. H. D. Buys Ballot, Dutch meteorologist (Buys Ballot's law), dies at 72
  • Feb 18 Gyula Andrássy Sr, Prime Minister of Hungary (1867-71), dies at 66
  • Feb 22 John Jacob Astor III, American businessman (Astor Estate holdings), dies at 67
  • Feb 22 Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter (b. 1834)