On This Day

What Happened in February 1893

Historical Events


Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 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

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Feb 9 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Falstaff" premieres in Milan

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 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, Mich
  • Feb 26 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 (Warrior, Marriage of Aude, Passion), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestRaymond Dart

Feb 4 Raymond Dart, Australian paleoanthropologist (Australopithecus africanus), born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 1995) [1]

Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart
Paleoanthropologist
Raymond Dart
  • 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)
  • Feb 10 Jimmy Durante, American actor, comedian and singer known as "the schnozzola" (The Durante-Moore Show, Jimmy Durante Show), 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)

Person of interestOmar 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)

US WWII General Omar Bradley
US WWII General
Omar Bradley
  • 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 player (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 Richards, English literary critic (The Meaning of Meaning), born in Sandbach, England (d. 1979)
  • Feb 26 I. A. Richards, English poet and influential critic (Meaning of Meaning), born in Sandbach, England (d. 1979)
  • Feb 26 William Frawley, American actor (I Love Lucy, My 3 Sons), 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