What Happened in February 1897

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Shinhan Bank, the oldest bank in South Korea, opens in Seoul.
  • Feb 5 1st showing of a motion picture in Hawaii at the Hawaiian Opera House
  • Feb 5 Marcel Proust meets Jean Lorrain in a pistol duel

The Benin Pendant Mask

Feb 9 Invasion of Benin City by British Expedition force, the city is burnt and looted, marks the end of Nigerian Kingdom of Benin formed in the 11th century

  • Feb 10 NY Times begins using slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print"
  • Feb 11 White Rose Mission opens on East 97th Street, NYC

Victory in Battle

Feb 17 Emilio Aguinaldo and a group of katipuneros defeat Spanish forces led by General Camilo de Polavieja at the Battle of Zapote Bridge in Cavite

  • Feb 17 National Organization of Mothers formed in American by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst (Parent Teacher Association)

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Denise Robins, romantic novelist (1st Long Kiss), born in London, England
  • Feb 2 Aimé Avignon, France's former oldest living man (d. 2007)
  • Feb 2 Howard Johnson, American hotelier (d. 1972)
  • Feb 4 Ludwig Erhard, chancellor of Germany (CDU)
  • Feb 5 Dirk Stikker, Dutch politician, diplomat (Ambassador to Great Britain, 1952-58; Secretary General of NATO, 1961-64), and CEO (Heineken), Born in Winschoten, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • Feb 6 Alberto [de Almeida] Cavalcanti, Brazilian director (Nicholas Nickleby), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1982)

Louis Buchalter

Feb 6 Louis Buchalter, Jewish-American mobster (Murder, Inc.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1944)

  • Feb 7 Quincy Porter, American composer, teacher, and Pulitzer Prize winner (1954), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1966)
  • Feb 8 Zakir Husain, 3rd President of India (1967-69) and scholar, born in Hyderabad, Hyderabad State (d. 1969)
  • Feb 9 Charles Edward Kingsford-Smith, pioneer Australian aviator
  • Feb 10 John Franklin Enders, Conn, microbiologist (polio-Nobel 1954)
  • Feb 11 Yves de La Casiniere, composer
  • Feb 12 Vola Vale [Smith], American actress, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1970)
  • Feb 14 Jørgen Bentzon, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1951)
  • Feb 15 Earl H Blaik, Det, college football hall of fame coach (elected 1965)
  • Feb 18 Charles Kuentz, WW1 veteran, changed nationality 4 times (d. 2005)
  • Feb 19 Alma Rubens, American actress (Humoresque), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1931)
  • Feb 20 Ivan Albright, Illinois, painter (Door, Window)
  • Feb 21 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Soylent Green, T'Pau-Star Trek), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1979)
  • Feb 22 Bob Ysaguirre, American jazz double bass and tuba player (Don Redman Orchestra), born in Belize, British Honduras (now Belize City, Belize) (d. 1982)
  • Feb 22 Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (d. 1947)
  • Feb 27 Bernard F Lyot, French astronomer (Lyot filter)
  • Feb 27 G Paul H Schuitema, graphic designer/photographer (System-O-Color)

Marian Anderson

Feb 27 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Constantin von Ettingshausen, Austrian geologist, dies at 70
  • Feb 5 Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, American HOF pitcher (won MLB record 60 games & Triple Crown 1884; no-hitter 1883; Providence Grays), dies at 42
  • Feb 6 Ebenezer C Brewer, British writer (Dictionary of Phrase & Fable), dies
  • Feb 7 Galileo Ferraris, Italian physicist and electrical engineer, dies at 49
  • Feb 13 Joseph O. Shelby, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 66
  • Feb 19 Karl Weierstrass, German mathematician (theory of functions), dies at 81
  • Feb 22 Charles Blondin, French acrobat and tight rope walker, dies at 72
  • Feb 23 Woldemar Bargiel, German composer, dies at 68