On This Day

What Happened in February 1896

Historical Events

Music Premiere

Feb 1 Giacomo Puccini's Opera "La Boheme" premieres in Turin

  • Feb 8 Georges Feydeau's "Le Dindon" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 8 Western Conference forms of Midwestern U, later renamed Big 10 Conf

Historic Event

Feb 11 Oscar Wilde's "Salome" premieres in Paris

  • Feb 14 George Lohmann takes a hat-trick for England v South Africa, 8-7 for inning - their lowest ever
  • Feb 14 Stanley Cup, Victoria Skating Rink, Montreal, Quebec: Winnipeg Victorias beat Montreal Victorias, 2-0
  • Feb 14 Austro-Hungarian Zionist Theodor Herzl publishes "Der Judenstaat" (The Jewish State), encouraging Jews to purchase land in Palestine
  • Feb 14 Theodor Hertzl's "Der Judenstaat" (The Jewish State) is published, proposing a Jewish homeland as a means of escaping anti-Semitism in Europe
  • Feb 17 Muzzling Order on the London County Council enforced
  • Feb 18 Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for first time in 50 yrs
  • Feb 23 Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield
  • Feb 25 Italian government decides to attack governor Baratieri of Eritrea
  • Feb 28 France dismisses Queen Ranavalona III of Madagascar and exiles her to the island of Réunion

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Anastasio Somoza García [Tacho], General, dictator and President of Nicaragua (1937-56), born in San Marcos, Nicaragua (d. 1956)
  • Feb 1 Frank Lane, American MLB executive (GM Chicago WS, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, KC Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • Feb 2 Kazimierz Kuratowski, Polish mathematician and logician (d. 1980)
  • Feb 3 Johannes Urzidil, writer
  • Feb 4 Friedrich Glauser, writer
  • Feb 4 Friedrich Hund, German physicist (d. 1997)
  • Feb 7 Harold Hoffman, (Gov-NJ), born in South Amboy, New Jersey
  • Feb 7 Jacob Paludan, Danish pharmacist/writer (Jorgen Stein)
  • Feb 8 Orville Caldwell, American actor (Patsy, French Doll, Last Warning), born in Oakland, California (d. 1967)
  • Feb 9 Alberto Vargas, Peruvian-American painter, primarily of "pin-up girls", born in in Arequipa, Peru (d. 1982)
  • Feb 14 Edward Arthur Milne, English astrophysicist (kinematic relativity), born in Yorkshire, England (d. 1950)
  • Feb 15 Arthur Shields, Irish actor (River, Enchanted Island), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1970)
  • Feb 16 Alexander Brailowsky, Russian pianist (Chopin)

André Breton

Feb 18 André Breton, French writer and poet, founder of Surrealism, born in Tinchebray, France (d. 1966)

  • Feb 20 Henri de Lubac sj, French theologist/anti-fascist
  • Feb 21 Sylvain Poons, Dutch cabaret performer (Blue Jackets)
  • Feb 22 Edvin Wide, Swedish 10K runner (Olympic silver 1924)
  • Feb 22 Enid Markey, American actress, 1st to play Tarzan's Jane, born in Dillon, Colorado (d. 1981)
  • Feb 22 Nacio Herb Brown, American composer (Singin' In The Rain), born in Deming, New Mexico (d. 1964)
  • Feb 22 Paul Van Ostaijen, Flemish poet/writer/critic (Occupied City)
  • Feb 24 Richard Thorpe, American director (Jailhouse Rock), born in Hutchinson, Kansas (d. 1991)
  • Feb 25 John Little McClellan, Sheridan Arkansas, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Ark)
  • Feb 26 Andrei A. Zjdanov, Russian politician (against kosmopolitism)
  • Feb 26 Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor and composer, born in Wissenkerke, Netherlands (d. 1973)
  • Feb 28 Philip Showalter Hench, American physician (Nobel Prize 1950 for cortisone), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • Feb 29 Omer Tulippe, Belgian geographer
  • Feb 29 Morarji Desai, Indian politician and activist, 4th Prime Minister of India (1977-79), born in Bhadeli, British India (d. 1995)
  • Feb 29 Stanley Swash, CEO (Woolworths)
  • Feb 29 William A. Wellman, American film director (Star is Born 1937), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1975)
  • Feb 29 Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, Swiss composer, born in Zurich (d. 1984)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 Jane Wilde, Irish poet, nationalist and mother of Oscar Wilde, dies at 74
  • Feb 4 Henry David Leslie, composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 6 Abraham Czn van Stolk, Dutch art collector, dies at 82
  • Feb 12 Ambrose Thomas, French opera composer (Mignon), and music professor, dies at 84
  • Feb 12 Isaac Murphy, American jockey, 628 wins on 1,412 mounts (44.5%), dies at 35
  • Feb 13 Carl Martin Reinthaler, German composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 15 E J Nicholson, writer, dies
  • Feb 26 Arsène Houssaye, French novelist and poet, dies at 80