On This Day

What Happened in February 1898

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 1st auto insurance policy in US issued, by Travelers Insurance Co
  • Feb 8 John Ames Sherman patents 1st envelope folding & gumming mach (Mass)
  • Feb 11 Owen Smith of NC, AME Zion minister, named US minister to Liberia
  • Feb 15 USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown, 258 sailors die
  • Feb 22 Black postmaster lynched, his wife & 3 daughters shot in Lake City, South Carolina

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 23 In France, Emile Zola is imprisoned for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing government of anti-Semitism & wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus

Jewish Artillery Officer Alfred Dreyfus
Jewish Artillery Officer
Alfred Dreyfus

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Josephina Johanna "Fien" de la Mar, Dutch actress (Theatre De la Mar), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1965)
  • Feb 3 Alvar Aalto, Finland, architect (Finlandia House)
  • Feb 3 Paul Urysohn, Russian mathematician
  • Feb 7 Morgan Lee "Dock" Boggs, American folk and blues singer and banjo player, born in Norton, Virginia (d. 1971)
  • Feb 8 Andrés Soriano, Spanish Filipino industrialist (San Miguel Brewery, Philippine Airlines), born in Manila, Spanish Philippines (d. 1964)
  • Feb 10 Bertolt Brecht, German poet and playwright (Mother Courage), born in Augsburg, Bavaria (d. 1956)
  • Feb 10 Joseph Kessel, French journalist/writer (Army of the Shadows)
  • Feb 10 Judith Anderson [Frances Margaret Anderson], Australian actress (Laura, Rebecca, Tycoon), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 1992)
  • Feb 10 Robert Keith [Rolland Keith Richey], American actor (Guys and Dolls, The Wild One, Battle Circus, Branded, Wild One), born in Fowler, Indiana (d. 1966)

Person of interestLeó Szilárd

Feb 11 Leo Szilard, Hungarian-German-American nuclear physicist (Manhattan Project) and peace activist, born in Budapest, Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1964)

Physicist and Inventor Leó Szilárd
Physicist and Inventor
Leó Szilárd
  • Feb 12 Wallace Ford [Samuel Jones Grundy], British actor (Freaks, Harvey, Spellbound, Deputy), born in Bolton, Lancashire, England (d. 1966)
  • Feb 12 Roy Harris, American composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home: An American Overture), born near Chandler, Oklahoma (d. 1979)
  • Feb 13 Neville Pearson, English publisher
  • Feb 14 Fritz Zwicky, Swiss astronomer (supernova, dark matter), born in Varna, Bulgaria (d. 1974)
  • Feb 15 Totò [Antonio Clemente], Italian actor (Motorizzate, Noi Duri) commonly referred to as the most popular Italian comedian of all time, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1967)
  • Feb 15 Allen Woodring, American runner (d. 1982)
  • Feb 16 Katharine Cornell, German actress (Barretts of Wimpole St), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1974)
  • Feb 17 Tom Lowry, cricketer New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman in seven Tests & their 1st Test captain), born in Fernhill, New Zealand (d. 1976)
  • Feb 18 Enzo Ferrari, racing car manufacturer, Modena
  • Feb 18 K'Tut Tantri, broadcaster/hotelier
  • Feb 18 Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet (d. 1980)
  • Feb 19 Lauwrens Voorthuyzen [Lou de Palingboer], Dutch sect leader
  • Feb 21 Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet dancers/choreographer (Gayaneh)
  • Feb 22 Anton de Kom, Surinam/Dutch worker's union leader/resistance fighter
  • Feb 23 Reinhard Herbig, German archaeologist
  • Feb 24 Kurt Tank, German WW II aircraft designer
  • Feb 25 William Thomas Astbury, English physicist/chemist (textiles)
  • Feb 26 Julien de Valckenaere, Flemish writer
  • Feb 27 Allison Danzig, sports writer (Tennis Pictorial History)
  • Feb 27 Rutkowski Bronislaw, composer
  • Feb 28 Molly Picon, Yiddish actress (Milk & Honey), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • Feb 28 Zeki Rıza Sporel, Turkish soccer striker (16 caps; Fenerbahçe), born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 1969)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 16 Thomas Bracken, New Zealand poet (b. 1843)
  • Feb 18 Frances Willard, American educator and founder (Woman's Christian Temperance), dies at 58