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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestAntonio Segni

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

Prime Minister of Italy Antonio Segni
Prime Minister of Italy
Antonio Segni
  • 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).

Person of interestElizabeth Ryan

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

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • 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 8 Edgar Palm, Curacao, pianist/composer
  • Feb 9 Pietro Nenni, Italian socialist/minister of foreign affairs (1946-47)

Person of interestRonald 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 leg-spinner (all-rounder for England in 24 Tests), born in Hillingdon, England (d. 1965)
  • Feb 12 Cecil Dixon, South African cricket off-spinner (1 Test for South Africa, 3-118, pair), born in Potchefstroom, Transvaal (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 "Farmer" White, cricketer (Somerset slow lefty 1909-37)
  • 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 Georges E Migot, French composer
  • 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

Person of interestWilliam Tecumseh Sherman

Feb 14 William Tecumseh Sherman, American Major General in the Union Army, dies at 71

  • Feb 15 Claudius W. Sears, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 74
  • Feb 26 Ted Barratt, English cricket spin bowler (10-43 vs Australia 1878), dies from consumption at 46
  • Feb 28 George Hearst, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from California), dies at 70