What Happened in February 1894

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 US warship Kearsarge wrecked on Roncador Reef, near Solomon Island
  • Feb 3 1st US steel sailing vessel, Dirigo, launched at Bath, Maine
  • Feb 5 Female suffrage organization in Amsterdam forms
  • Feb 6 Bottle opener patented by William Painter
  • Feb 7 The Cripple Creek miners' strike, led by the Western Federation of Miners, begins in Cripple Creek, Colorado
  • Feb 8 US Enforcement Act repealed, making it easier to disenfranchise blacks
  • Feb 12 Anarchist Émile Henry hurls a bomb into Paris's Cafe Terminus, killing one and wounding 20
  • Feb 14 Venus is both a morning star & evening star
  • Feb 16 British troops occupy Ilorin, Gold Coast
  • Feb 24 Nicaragua captures Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 James P. Johnson, American pianist and composer ("The Charleston": "If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)"), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1955)
  • Feb 3 Norman Rockwell, American artist and illustrator (Saturday Evening Post covers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • Feb 6 Eric Partridge, New Zealand lexicographer, born in Waimata Valley, New Zealand (d. 1979)
  • Feb 7 Joe Devlin, American actor (Sam-Dick Tracy), born in Manhattan, New York City (d. 1973)

Billy BishopBilly Bishop (1894-1956)

Feb 8 Canadian First World War Flying Ace with 72 kills, born in Owen Sound, Ontario

  • Feb 8 King Vidor, American film director (War & Peace, Stella Dallas), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1982)
  • Feb 8 Ludwig Marcuse, German philosopher

Harold MacmillanHarold Macmillan (1894-1986)

Feb 10 British Conservative politician and Prime Minister (1957-63), born in London

  • Feb 10 Herb Pennock, American Baseball HOF pitcher (6 × World Series; Philadelphia A's, Boston Red Sox, NY Yankees), born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)
  • Feb 10 Roy D'Arcy [Roy Giusti], American actor (Warning Shadows, Revolt of Zombies), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1969)
  • Feb 11 Isaac M Kolthoff, chemist (Massenanalyse)

Jack BennyJack Benny (1894-1974)

Feb 14 American comedian (The Jack Benny Program), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Feb 15 Oswaldo Aranha, Brazil, lawyer/statesman (1st President of UN)
  • Feb 22 Alexander Spitzmüller, Austrian composer, educator, radio broadcaster, and music critic, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1962)
  • Feb 25 Ernst Friedrich, Breslau Germany, pacifist (War Against War!)
  • Feb 25 Meher Baba, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1969)
  • Feb 27 Robert Siohan, French conductor and composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1985)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 4 Adolphe Sax, Belgium musician and inventor (saxophone), dies at 79
  • Feb 11 Pasqual Juan Emilio Arrieta y Corera, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 12 Hans von Bülow, German pianist and composer (b. 1830)
  • Feb 13 Franjo Rački, Croatian historian and politician, dies at 65
  • Feb 14 Eugène Charles Catalan, French-Belgian mathematician (worked on continued fractions, descriptive geometry, number theory and combinatorics), dies at 79
  • Feb 17 Francisco Barbieri Spanish zarzuela opera composer (El Diablo en el poder), dies at 70
  • Feb 19 Ernesto Camillo Sivori, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 21 Gustave Caillebotte, French painter (Rue de Paris) and member of Impressionists, dies at 45
  • Feb 25 Steele MacKaye [James Morrison Steele MacKaye], American playwright and actor (Spectatorium, Paul Kauvar), dies at 51