On This Day

What Happened in February 1893

Historical Events

Music Premiere

Feb 1 Giacomo Puccini's Opera "Manon Lescaut" premieres in Turin

Film & TV History

Feb 1 Thomas Edison completes worlds 1st movie studio at West Orange, New Jersey

  • Feb 5 Alfred Naess skates world record 500m (49.4 sec)
  • Feb 7 Vanderbilt University claims it participated in the first organised intercollegiate basketball game at the Nashville YMCA Gymnasium; Vanderbilt beats YMCA, 9-3
  • Feb 9 Canal builder De Lesseps & others sentenced to prison for fraud

Music Premiere

Feb 9 Giuseppe Verdi's comic opera "Falstaff" premieres at La Scala in Milan, Italy

  • Feb 22 1st Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 32-22 in Birmingham
  • Feb 24 The American University is chartered by an act of the Congress of the United States of America
  • Feb 26 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, in Michigan
  • Feb 26 Norwegian Einar Halvorsen skates world record 500m (48 sec)
  • Feb 28 Edward Acheson of Pennsylvania, patents an abrasive he names "carborundum" (Silicon carbide)

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Cornelius Lanczos, Hungarian mathematician, born in Székesfehérvár, Hungary (d. 1974)
  • Feb 3 Gaston Julia, French mathematician (d. 1978)
  • Feb 4 Bernard Rogers, American composer (The Warrior; Three Japanese Dances; To The Fallen), and pedagogue (Eastman School, 1929-67), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)

Raymond Dart

Feb 4 Raymond Dart, Australian paleoanthropologist (Australopithecus africanus), born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 1988) [1]

  • Feb 5 Roman Ingarden, Polish philosopher (Studia philosophica)
  • Feb 6 Muhammad Zafrulla Khan, President of UN General Assembly (1962-63), born in Sialkot, Pakistan (d. 1985)
  • Feb 8 Ba Maw, Burmese politician (d. 1977)

Jimmy Durante

Feb 10 Jimmy Durante, American vaudeville, radio, and screen actor, comedian (The Durante-Moore Show; Frosty The Snowman), piano player and singer ("Inka Dinka Doo"; "Make Someone Happy") known as "the schnozzola" born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1980)

  • Feb 10 Bill Tilden, American tennis player (US Open 1920-25, 29; Wimbledon 1920-21, 30; French 1927, 30), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1953)
  • Feb 11 Johan C P Alberts, Dutch literary (Festival)
  • Feb 12 Marcel Minnaert, Dutch astronomer, born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1970)

Omar Bradley

Feb 12 Omar Bradley, American WWII General (Invasion of Normandy) and 1st Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1949-53), born in Clark, Missouri (d. 1981)

  • Feb 13 Ana Pauker-Rabensohn, Romania, communist/foreign minister (1945-52)
  • Feb 14 Kay Fisker, Danish architect (Hornbeck House, Copenhagen), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 1965)
  • Feb 15 Harm H Kamerlingh Onnes, painter/etcher/ceramist
  • Feb 15 Walter Donaldson, American pianist and popular song composer ("Makin' Whoopee"; "My Blue Heaven"; My Buddy"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1947)
  • Feb 17 Wally Pipp, American baseball first baseman (World Series 1923; AL HR leader 1916, 17; NY Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1965)
  • Feb 19 Cedric Hardwicke, British stage actor (Rope; Suspicion; Peter Pan; Richard III), born in Lye, Worcestershire, England (d. 1964)
  • Feb 19 Pietro Pancrazi, Italian critic (Scrittori d'Oggi)
  • Feb 20 Russel Crouse, journalist/novelist/playwright (Life with Father)
  • Feb 20 Elizabeth Holloway Marston, American psychologist (d. 1993)
  • Feb 21 Andres Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist, born in Linares, Spain (d. 1987)
  • Feb 21 Vsevolod Pudovkin, Soviet film director/theorist (Mother, Deserter)
  • Feb 26 (Ivor Armstrong) I. A. Richards, British poet and influential critic (Meaning of Meaning), born in Sandbach, England (d. 1979)
  • Feb 26 William Frawley, American vaudeville, silent and sound screen actor (I Love Lucy - "Fred"; My Three Sons - "Bub"; Miracle on 34th Street), born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1966)
  • Feb 27 Joseph Messner, Austrian organist and composer, born in Schwaz, Tyrol (d. 1969)
  • Feb 27 Ralph Linton, US cultural anthropologist (Tree of Culture)
  • Feb 28 Ben Hecht, American novelist/playwright/screenwriter (Front Page), born in NYC, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 George Henry Sanderson, Mayor of San Francisco, dies at 70
  • Feb 13 Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, Mexican author (El Zarco), dies at 58
  • Feb 18 Serranus Clinton Hastings, American politician and lawyer (3rd Attorney General of California), dies at 78
  • Feb 20 P. G. T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (Hero of Sumter), dies at 74