On This Day

What Happened in February 1891

Historical Events

  • Feb 6 1st great train robbery by Dalton Gang (Southern Pacific #17)
  • Feb 9 1st shipment of asparagus arrives in San Francisco from Sacramento
  • Feb 15 AIK is founded at Biblioteksgatan 8 in Stockholm by Isidor Behrens.
  • Feb 18 Capt Archinard's army fights with Nyamina of Niger in West-Sudan
  • Feb 24 French troops under Captain Archinard occupy Diena West Sudan
  • Feb 26 1st buffalo purchased for Golden Gate Park

Theater Premiere

Feb 26 Henrik Ibsen's play "Hedda Gabler" premieres in Oslo

  • Feb 28 Oscar Grundén skates world record 500m (50.8 sec)

Famous Birthdays

Antonio Segni

Feb 2 Antonio Segni, Italian politician, Prime Minister of Italy (1955-57, 59-60, 62-64), born in Sassari, Sardinia (d. 1972)

  • Feb 2 Frank Foyston, NHL Hall of Famer (Seattle)
  • Feb 3 Jan Donner, Dutch minister of Justice (1926-33)
  • Feb 3 Peter H "Paul" Huf, actor and director (Great Neth Stage)
  • Feb 4 Yuri Losmann, Estonia, marathon runner (Olympic-silver 1920)
  • Feb 4 Madabhushi Ananthasayanam Ayyangar, Speaker of Lok Sabha (d: 1978).

Elizabeth Ryan

Feb 5 Elizabeth Ryan, American tennis player (26 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Anaheim, California (d. 1979)

  • Feb 5 Karl L Schmidt, German/Swiss theologist (Urchristentum)
  • Feb 7 Joachim Stutschewsky, Austrian-Israeli cellist, composer, and musicologist, born in Romni, Ukraine (d. 1982)
  • Feb 7 Ann Little [Mary Brooks], American actress, born in Mount Shasta, California (d. 1984)
  • Feb 9 Pietro Nenni, Italian socialist/minister of foreign affairs (1946-47)

Ronald Colman

Feb 9 Ronald Colman, English actor (Tale of 2 Cities), born in Richmond, England (d. 1958)

  • Feb 10 Harold RLG, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Gov-gen of Canada (1945-52)
  • Feb 11 J. W. Hearne, English cricket all-rounder (24 Tests, 30 wickets, 1 x 100; Middlesex), born in Hillingdon, England (d. 1965)
  • Feb 12 Cec Dixon, South African cricket fast-medium bowler (1 Test; 3 wickets; Transvaal), born in Potchefstroom, South Africa (d. 1969)
  • Feb 12 Maurice Yvain, French operetta composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • Feb 12 Max Terhune, American actor (Arizona Stagecoach, Hit the Saddle, Range Justice), born in Franklin, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • Feb 13 Grant Wood, American painter (American Gothic), born near Anamosa, Iowa (d. 1942)
  • Feb 13 Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (d. 1985)
  • Feb 16 Hans F. K. Günther, German eugenicist (d. 1967)
  • Feb 17 Georg Britting, German poet and writer (d. 1964)
  • Feb 18 Chester Clute, NJ, actor (Niagra Falls)
  • Feb 19 J C White, English cricket spin bowler (15 Tests, 49 wickets; 10-76 Somerset v Worcestershire 1921), born in Holford, England (d. 1961)
  • Feb 20 Ivan Harold Browning, American stage and screen actor and singer (Shuffle Along - "I'm Just Wild About Harry"), born in Brenham, Texas (d. 1978)
  • Feb 22 Jan Wils, Holland, architect/designer (Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium)
  • Feb 22 Vlas Chubar, Soviet politician (d. 1939)
  • Feb 23 Harold Horder, Australian Rugby League player (d. 1978)
  • Feb 26 Alan Bridge, American actor (North of Arizona, Badmen of the Hills), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1957)
  • Feb 27 David Sarnoff, American radio and television pioneer (RCA, NBC), born in Uzlyany, Belarus, Russian Empire (d. 1971)
  • Feb 27 Anne Samson, oldest-ever nun documented (d. 2004)
  • Feb 27 Georges Migot, French composer, and poet (Les Agrestide; L'Arche), born in Paris (d. 1976)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 9 Johan B Jongkind, Dutch/French painter (Winter View), dies at 71
  • Feb 10 Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1850)
  • Feb 13 David Dixon Porter, United States Navy admiral, dies at 77
  • Feb 15 Claudius W. Sears, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 74
  • Feb 26 Ted Barratt, English cricket spin bowler (10-43 in tour match vs Australia 1878), dies from consumption at 46
  • Feb 28 George Hearst, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from California), dies at 70